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TitleThe Caroline Holden Archive
DescriptionOriginal artwork by Caroline Holden for titles by Sue Townsend, including The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole. The majority of illustrations were created for the Adrian Mole books published by Methuen, but the collection also includes some artwork for Sue Townsend’s plays, Adrian Mole merchandising and an advertising campaign for London Buses. The artwork for The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole is limited to preparatory work for cover designs. However, there are complete suites of illustrations for Adrian Mole from Major to Minor, Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years and The Illustrated Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ (published in 1994).
Extent1 artwork box
ArrangementMaterial has been sorted into the following series: book illustrations, play illustrations, Adrian Mole merchandise, advertising campaigns and unidentified pieces. The artwork within the series for book illustrations has been arranged by title in order of publication date.
AdminHistoryBorn in Leicester in 1954, Caroline Holden Hotopf is an illustrator and children’s author. She studied Art and Design at Loughborough College of Art (1970-73) and moved to London in 1974 to work as a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. In 1982 she was approached by Methuen to illustrate the Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾. Such was success of her iconic illustrations that she went on to illustrate all the Adrian Mole books published by Methuen. She has illustrated works for a number of authors, including Michael Palin and Michael Rosen, and is the author and illustrator of Securiskunk and Danger, God Working Overhead, and the Lion and Albert series. Her work has also appeared in The Oldie, Private Eye, The Sunday Times and New Scientist.

The Caroline Holden Archive

AccessConditionsThe collection is open to bona fide researchers
AccessStatusAvailable for general access
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