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Carola Hicks (7 November 1941 – 23 June 2010) was a British art historian.

She was born Carola Brown in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, and educated at the Lady Eleanor Holles School and the University of Edinburgh, where she took a first in archaeology in 1964. Carola returned to Edinburgh and gained her PhD, in 1967, on "Origins of the animal style in English Romanesque art".[1] Hicks worked at the British Museum researching the Sutton Hoo ship burial, before becoming a research fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and then curator of the Stained Glass Museum at Ely Cathedral. She became a fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she taught until her death.[2]

Angela Thirlwell describes Hicks as a "glamorous academic and a serious populariser of art," who "swept the dust off old masterpieces, explained their cultural contexts and infused them with life for a new public."[2]

Hicks wrote several books:


  1. ^ Brown, Carola (1968). Origins of the animal style in English Romanesque art (Thesis). University of Edinburgh.
  2. ^ a b Thirlwell, Angela (27 July 2010). "Carola Hicks obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  3. ^ "New Contender for The Bayeux Tapestry?". BBC Radio 4. 22 May 2006. Retrieved 25 October 2015.