The Nudes of Lord Lichfield

Thomas Patrick John Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield (25 April 1939 – 11 November 2005) was an English photographer. He inherited the Earldom of Lichfield in 1960 from his paternal grandfather. In his professional practice he was known as Patrick Lichfield.  This above image, taken in 1990, features a model looking across Central Park from the balcony of Rock Hudson’s former flat. Lichfield was an internationally renowned photographer who worked  for all the major magazines, exhibited worldwide, and published several books during his career. The National Portrait Gallery dedicated a retrospective exhibition to the first  twenty years of his work in 2002. His great break was when he was summoned by Diana  Vreeland, the doyenne of fashion editors, to photograph the Duke and Duchess of  Windsor, and given a five year contract with American Vogue. In 1981 he was appointed  official photographer at the wedding of his cousin, The Prince of Wales, and  Lady Diana Spencer.  He is lesser known for his nude work which will be exhibited for the first time at the Little Black Gallery in London from April 24 to May 26.