Garden History Society Essay Prize 2009

Garden History Society Essay Prize 2009

Highly commended award for essay on architect Thomas Archer by Dr Helen Lawrence-Beaton

Dr Helen Lawrence-Beaton, in-house Historical Researcher at ADAM Architecture has been highly commended in this year's Garden History Society Essay Prize. Helen's essay, entitled 'Gentleman Traveler, Courtier and 'A Favourite With The Rich': New Light on Thomas Archer as Garden Maker' takes a fresh look at the work of Thomas Archer (c.1668-1743), a key architect of the English Baroque. The essay explores his garden buildings within their corresponding landscapes, and reconsiders his wider involvement in garden design. This involves Archer's work at several estates, considering his patrons, the political climate of the time and newly discovered details of his travels abroad. The findings suggest that he was a capable aesthete and a much-overlooked figure in this period of landscape design.

The work is the result of Helen's MA in Garden History at the University of Bristol.