English landscape-architect. He specialized in public parks (e.g. at Blackpool, Bolton (Leverhulme Park), Burslem, Newport, Preston (Haslam Park), Southgate (Broomfield Park), Stoke-on-Trent (Hanley Park), Tipton, Walsall, Wednesbury, and Wolverhampton). His private gardens include Graythwaite Hall, Windermere (1889), Shrubland, Windermere (1905–7), Rivington Hall, Lancs., Thornton Manor, Ches. (both 1905–10), and Bodelwyddon Castle (1910). He planned the gardens of the Royal Palace, Athens, and the area around the Acropolis (before 1914). He also designed town-planning schemes and gardens in Canada (e.g. at Banff, Calgary, Ottawa, Regina, and Vancouver), Denmark, Greece (e.g. Salonika), and The Netherlands (Palace of Peace, The Hague). He published The Art and Craft of Garden Making (1900), Civic Art (1911), and The Life and Work of an English Landscape Architect (1927). His son, Edward Prentice Mawson (1885–1954), took over the management of his father's firm.
Chadwick (1966);Desmond & Ellwood (1994);B. Elliott (1986);Hadfield, Harling, & Highton (1980);Mawson (1927);Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004)