• Title
    Marian Thompson Collection
  • Reference
    AR THO
  • Production date
  • Creator
  • Creator History
    Marion R. Thompson Grierson (-1999) was a landscape architect, lecturer and artist. Born in Hungary, she came to England with her family as refugees at the beginning of the Second World War. Passionate about flowers from an early age, Thompson studied at Wye College and later at Thames Polytechnic while working at Timothy Cochrane's practice after classes. Due to her vast knowledge of plants she was invited to take up a part time teaching course at Thames Polytechnic. Thompson worked with different architects including Arup Associates and got to know American born art collector Stanley Seeger who took an interest in her work. Thompson worked on the gardens at Seeger's home Sutton Place and his next home, Deanery. In 1989 Thompson left Thames Polytechnic joining a plant hunting group at Jardin Botanica, Brazil. Here she painted new species of plants over 6 months, staying a further 3 months painting watercolours.
  • Scope and Content
    The collection includes project and teaching files, personal papers, photographic material and drawings
  • Extent
    13 boxes and 50 folders of drawings
  • Level of description
  • Content person
  • Content Subject
  • Related objects
    AR JEL