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David Hicks

(1929-1998), Interior decorator, designer and author

David Nightingale Hicks

Sitter in 18 portraits
Hicks studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London before embarking on his career in interior design in 1954, with a well publicised makeover of his mother's London house. With antique dealer Tom Parr he opened Hicks and Parr (1956-9) and in 1959 his own shop David Hicks Ltd, opened on Lowndes Street, Knightsbridge. Hicks's adventurous colour combinations and furniture arrangements became associated with the 'Swinging Sixties' scene. In 1960 Hicks married Lady Pamela Mountbatten, following which he had further aristocratic and state commissions, including his design of the nightclub on the QE2 (1969). Hicks wrote eight books including David Hicks on Living - with Taste (1968).

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David Hicks, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195070

David Hicks

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1954
NPG x195070

David Hicks, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195071

David Hicks

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1954
NPG x195071

David Hicks, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195072

David Hicks

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1954
NPG x195072

Norman Alfred Prouting; David Hicks, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195073

Norman Alfred Prouting; David Hicks

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1954
NPG x195073

David Hicks; Norman Alfred Prouting, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195074

David Hicks; Norman Alfred Prouting

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1954
NPG x195074

The wedding of David Hicks and Lady Pamela Mountbatten, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x34117

The wedding of David Hicks and Lady Pamela Mountbatten

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print, 13 January 1960
NPG x34117

The wedding of David Hicks and Lady Pamela Mountbatten, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x34116

The wedding of David Hicks and Lady Pamela Mountbatten

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print, 13 January 1960
NPG x34116

David Hicks, by John Gay - NPG x126644

David Hicks

by John Gay
bromide print, 1960
NPG x126644

David Hicks, by Anthea Sieveking - NPG x198370

David Hicks

by Anthea Sieveking
gelatin silver print, 1963
NPG x198370

David Hicks, by Press Association Photos - NPG x184144

David Hicks

by Press Association Photos
bromide press print, 18 October 1967
NPG x184144

David Hicks, by Anthea Sieveking - NPG x199112

David Hicks

by Anthea Sieveking
bromide print, late 1960s
NPG x199112

David Hicks, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165918

David Hicks

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 30 October 1969
NPG x165918

David Hicks, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165919

David Hicks

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 30 October 1969
NPG x165919

David Hicks, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165920

David Hicks

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 30 October 1969
NPG x165920

David Hicks, by Patrick Lichfield, for  Camera Press: London: UK - NPG x182310

David Hicks

by Patrick Lichfield, for Camera Press: London: UK
bromide press print, 12 January 1972
NPG x182310

David Hicks, by Chris Ware, for  Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x137485

David Hicks

by Chris Ware, for Keystone Press Agency Ltd
vintage print, March 1979
NPG x137485

David Hicks, by Press Association Photos - NPG x182311

David Hicks

by Press Association Photos
bromide press print, March 1979
NPG x182311

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