LONDON — Lord Patrick Lichfield had a starring role in Sixties London, with his velvet jackets, tight blue jeans and thick mop of hair. A photographer by trade, he counted David Bailey, Terence Stamp and Britt Ekland among his friends. Better yet, he had a title, an ancestral home in the English countryside and was a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.
Lichfield, who died of a stroke on Friday at age 66, leaves behind a body of work that documents the glamorous face of late 20th-century England, ranging from his ad campaigns for Burberry in the late Sixties to the now iconic shots of Charles and Diana's wedding to portraits of Jerry Hall, Michael Caine and Margaret Thatcher.
Most recently, he shot his self-portrait in the men's bathroom at London's Sketch restaurant. England, however, wasn't his only beat: He was also well-known for his years shooting for the Pirelli calendar.
"He had tremendous charisma and was full of mischief and fun and gossip," said Geordie Greig, editor in chief of Tatler magazine who, 18 months ago, commissioned Lichfield's self-portrait at Sketch. "His very easygoing personality translated into simple, beautiful, uncomplicated photos. He brought a certain ease of glamour to photography."
"He made you look more glamorous, more beautiful, more ethereal," said author Leslie Field, who first met Lichfield in 1964 and later commissioned work from him for the Sunday Times of London and later at Tatler. "His greatest talent was the lighting — and the silver screens he used — which erased all the lines on a woman's face."
Lichfield was the son of Viscount Anson and Princess Anne of Denmark. His mother was the niece of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Lichfield was married to and later divorced from Leonora Lichfield, a daughter of the Duke of Westminster. The couple had three children, all of whom survive Lichfield: Rose, Tom and Eloise Anson.
His books include a 1986 autobiography, "Not The Whole Truth," and the 1981 coffee-table tome "The Most Beautiful Women" (Elm Tree Books) featuring Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Bisset, Penelope Tree and Natalie Wood.
He was famous for his fun-loving nature and his eye for beautiful women. He was good friends with Princess Margaret, and, like her, had a house on the island of Mustique. Later he become a close friend and business partner of Margaret's son, Viscount David Linley.Although Lichfield took his photography seriously, he also found time to be a style icon of his day. Indeed, a chunk of the Burberry Prorsum spring 2006 men's collection is inspired by his style, and features safari and Norfolk jackets and basket-weave shirts.
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