Luke Archer Photography

I have recently relocated from Bristol to Hertfordshire. Inheritance remains my current long-term project. In 2011 I was nominated for Black and White Magazines under 30’s Photographer of the Year. I was the joint winner of the 2011 South West Graduate Photography Prize. I have exhibited extensively in Bristol as part of the 2010 and 2012 Bristol Festival of Photography as well as the 2011 Royal West of England Academy’s Open Photography. My portrait of the Marquess of Bath is held in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. The book version of Inheritance was displayed at Ffotogallery’s Book Arts Fayre 2012. I joined the Vignette Magazine team in winter 2011 and I am now features editor.
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Alexandre George Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath

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Born 1932

Educated at Eton and Christ Church Oxford.

Became president of the infamous Bullingdon Club.

Succeeded his father in 1992.

Lord bath admits that he did not have a very close relationship with his conservative father, often receiving beatings.

With the title came ownership of Longleat safari park and stately home where Lord Bath still lives.

Bath is famed as one the country’s leading eccentrics due to his bright clothing and admission of having several lovers known as ‘wifelets’ .

Part of the stately home has taken on bath’s eccentric style with frescos being created in his signature style of paint mixed with straw.

This medium can also be seen in the ‘ Blue beard collection’ a spiral staircase decorated with portraits of all 74 females that Bath has had ‘ carnal knowledge’ of.

Before the 1999 reform act he sat in the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat.

He has written and published several books documenting his life revealing intimate and often bizarre facts.

Lord Bath often featured in Junior Rangers which was set at Longleat.

In 2011 an argument broke out at Longleat between two wifelets about who was sharing his bed that night. Bath reportedly told them that he was off to bed so it was up to them to sort it out

Lord Bath’s first official photographic portrait sitting was at the Bassano Studio.

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Henry Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath

Born 1905.

Educated at Harrow then Christ Church Oxford.

Was considered a ‘ Bright Young Thing’.

In 1916 became the heir apparent when his brother was killed in the First World War.

Became Conservative MP for Frome 1931-1935.

Fought in the Second World War, receiving the bronze and silver star.

Succeeded his father in 1946.

With expenses incurred from death duties and to maintain the family seat he opened up Longleat to the public in 1949.

He opened the safari park in 1966.

Died 1992.

Party: Conservative


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