Archie Dickens

Archie Dickens (christened Archie Bernard Dickins – 1907 – 28 November 2004), son of a bootmaker clicker, was a British greeting card and later a pin-up artist who was born in Balham (London) in June 1907.At a young age it became apparent that Archie and his older sister, Doris Louise, had some talent in drawing and it was intended that both he and his sister attend the Slade School of Art in London. However, due to a change in his father’s circumstances, only his sister continued in further education whilst Archie, at the age of 14, was sent to work.After returning from Sydney, Australia where Archie had spent much of World War II, he purchased a house in Acacia Gardens in West Wickham, Kent and worked in a purpose built studio in the grounds.Archie spent much of the early post war years drawing pin-ups but in the 1960s and 1970’s turned his artistic talents to greeting cards which could be seen in the greeting card shops across the UK at the time – his signature ‘Gluckli’ being the identiying mark to the obvious Archie style.In March 2002 Tony Blair, the then British Prime Minister, wore a Paul Smith designer shirt that displayed one of Dickens’ paintings on the cuff.

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