Larry Cartoon Collection

Scope and Content

A collection of cartoons on the subject of art, art education and the Margaret Street School of Art building. The majority are pen and ink drawings and some include coloured washes. Many of the works are parodies of famous art works. The collection includes several examples of Larry's well-known series based on the works of the nineteenth century French sculptor Rodin.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in Birmingham on 19 November 1927, Terence 'Larry' Parkes was a cartoonist and illustrator. The son of a welding foreman in a motorcar factory, Larry studied at the College of Arts & Crafts in Birmingham. He spent his National Service in the Army (1946-1948) and taught art at Lincoln Road Secondary Modern School in Peterborough, Lincolnshire (1951-1954). He became a freelance cartoonist in 1957. He worked for Punch, Birmingham Evening Mail, Soldier, Private Eye, Oldie, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph. He also worked in advertising. He worked on campaigns promoting Double Diamond, Newcastle Brown and Heineken Beers. He also produced cartoons and commentary for Granada TV's Afternoon Edition (1963-1964). For a short while (1973-1974) Larry was a scenery painter in Joan Littlewood's Theatre Royal. His pseudonym derived from Larry Parks, star of the film The Al Jolson Story, which was shown in Peterborough when he was teaching there in 1954 - the pupils' nickname for their art master stuck. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of Birmingham Polytechnic (now UCE Birmingham) in 1991. Terence 'Larry' Parkes died on 25 June 2003, aged 75.

Conditions Governing Access

Advanced booking is required to view the collection. If you wish to make an appointment, please phone 0121 331 6981 or email

Acquisition Information

Donated by the artist.


This collection was catalogued in April 2001 by Sian Everitt and Tammy Palmer.

This description was compiled by Sian Everitt, Keeper of Archives.

Other Finding Aids

A summary collection description and a detailed list of items are available.


None expected.