Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Carol Barker

Carol Barker seems an interesting subject, and not quite as elusive as some of the other artists covered these past couple of days, although the majority of the information I've found comes from a slim entry in Contemporary Authors.

Born on 16 February 1938, Carol Minturn Barker has been a freelance author and illustrator since 1958. She attended Bournemouth College of Art, Chelsea Polytechnic and Central School of Arts and Crafts and studied privately at her father's studio. She made her single contribution to Swift Annual 1962 (1961). According to Dictionary of British Book Illustrators by Brigid Peppin & Lucy Micklethwait, "Her work, in pen and ink, watercolour, collage and wax, is decorative rather than spatial in character. H. E. Bates wrote Achilles the Donkey around her pictures."

It would seem that she married and became Carol Dunkerton and she has two sons.

The Boy and the Lion. London, Dennis Dobson, 1968; The Boy and the Lion on the Wall, New York, F. Watts, 1969.
King Midas and the Golden Touch. London, F. Watts, 1972.

Birds and Beasts. New York, Watts, 1971.
The Alphabet. London, Hamlyn, 1973.
How the World Began. London, Abelard-Schuman, 1974.
An Oba of Benin. London, Macdonald & Jane's, 1976.
A Prince of Islam. London, Macdonald & Jane's, 1976.
Arjun in His Village in India. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1979.
Village in Nigeria. London, Black, 1984.
Ananda in Sri Lanka. A story of Buddhism. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1985.
The United Nations. Its work in the world. London, Macdonald, 1986.
A Question of Refugees. London, Macdonald, 1988.
The Tibetans. Life in exile. London, Mantra, in association with the Tibet Foundation, 1998.

The Cat's Cradle-Book by Sylvia Townsend Warner (dustjacket). London, Chatto & Windus, 1960.
Achilles the Donkey by H. E. Bates. London, Dennis Dobson, 1962; New York, Franklin-Watts, 1962.
Gilbert and Sullivan by Norman Wymer. London, Methuen, 1962.
Achilles and Diana by H. E. Bates. London, Dennis Dobson, 1963.
A Storyteller's Choice. A selection of stories with notes on how to tell them by Eileen Colwell. London, Bodley Head, 1963.
Achilles and the Twins by H. E. Bates. London, Dennis Dobson, 1964.
Farmer Barnes Buys a Pig by John Cunliffe. London, Deutsch, 1964.
Quest for Prehistory by Noel Lloyd & Geoffrey Palmer. London, Dennis Dobson, 1965.
Farmer Barnes and Bluebell by John Cunliffe. London, Deutsch, 1966.
Rain and Shine. Nursery rhymes for the four seasons. London, Blackie, 1966.
The Kitchen Madonna by Rumer Godden. London, Macmillan, 1967.
It's Snowing Outside by Janet McNeill. London, Macmillan, 1968.
Lost in a Shop by Richard Parker. London, Macmillan, 1968.
The Bald Twit Lion by Spike Milligan. London, Dennis Dobson, 1968.
Pillycock's Shop by Margaret Mahy. London, Dobson, 1969.
The Princess and the Clown by Margaret Mahy. New York, F. Watts, 1971; London, Dobson, 1971.
Dragons, Dragons, Dragons, selected by Helen Hoke. New York, Franklin Watts, 1972.
The Sun People by Sandie Oram. London, Macdonald & Co., 1972.
Emma Borrows a Cup of Sugar by Nicholas Fisk. London, Heinemann, 1973.
If You Shold Meet a Crocodile, and other verse by Margaret Mayo. London, Kaye & Ward, 1974.
Devils, Devils, Devils, selected by Helen Hoke. London, Franklin Watts, 1975.
A Touch of Gold. Stories from the Greek myths, retold by Miriam Hodgson. London, Methuen Children's, 1983.
Buddhist Stories by John Snelling. Hove, Wayland, 1986.
The Life of the Buddha by John Snelling. Hove, Wayland, 1987.


  1. Carol's father was John Rowland Barker, a famous artist (1911 - 1959)

    Her mother is described in the register of marriages as Leslie F M Scott when she married John Rowland in 1936. I was not able to find any more details about her, and would appreciate it if any readers could add this.

    She married Ivor Dunkerton in 1959 and had 2 sons, Julian and Martin. They later divorced.

    Both sons are quite famous, Julian Dunkerton is famous as one of the co-founders of SuperDry and is one of Britain's richest men. He appears in the news from time to time.

    Carol, whose full name is "Caroline Minturn Barker", appears to have been studiously omitted from most online biographies of Julian and / or Ivor Dunkerton, including Wikipedia

    I do not know why this is the case.

    1. Hi MC,

      Leslie Francois M. Scott was born in Paris on 28 May 1912. Later married Philip A. Allison in 1963, although her death was registered as Barker in Chichester, Sussex, in February 2005.



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