[David Hicks' Secret Garden at The Grove as seen in David Hicks: Designer.]
One of the unexpected bonuses of the Royal Wedding coverage has turned out to be multiple sneak peeks at David Hicks' last house and garden. Sure, I have the books, but seeing the late designer's wife, Lady Pamela, and daughter India seated casually in the rooms of the family home or strolling the green grounds, discussing their personal experiences as past royal bridesmaids, offers a different perspective. It's been especially fun to catch glimpses of David Hicks' unmistakable work while watching Untold Stories of a Royal Bridesmaid, a program executive produced and hosted by India.
[India Hicks in her island house photographed by Arthur Elgort for Vogue, 1998. Story by Hamish Bowles.]
My first opportunity to see it came last night, and of course the show inspired me to revisit not just David Hicks: Designer, but also my tear sheets of India's island house. If you've seen any of my older posts, you know I'm prone to holding a magnifying glass up to the terrific groupings of art on her walls. I believe the works on paper above India's head here are mainly original drawings -- one is Cecil Beaton's caricature of her grandmother Lady Mountbatten.
Her pieces remind me to mention an upcoming Atlanta event: the first annual High Museum of Art Print Fair, set for May 7-8 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome to browse or buy. Expect to see a really wide array of fine original prints from artists ranging from contemporary master Kiki Smith to the Old Masters, such as Rembrandt and Dürer. Click here for details on the varied periods and dealers represented. And to learn about the ticketed preview party, click here.
At the moment, I can't see enough English gardens. Luckily Judith Tankard's Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden is scheduled to be released next month. More to come on that. In the meantime, here is David Hicks showing The Grove to Rosemary Verey in 1993 (link via Ashley Hicks).