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The paper garden : an artist (begins her life's work) at 72

Author: Molly Peacock
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Mary Delany was seventy-two years old when she noticed a petal drop from a geranium. In a flash of inspiration, she picked up her scissors and cut out a paper replica of the petal, inventing the art of collage. It was the summer of 1772, in England. During the next ten years she completed nearly a thousand cut-paper botanicals (which she called mosaicks) so accurate that botanists still refer to them.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Delany, Mrs.; Delany, Mrs; Delany, Mrs.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Molly Peacock
ISBN: 1608195236 9781608195237
OCLC Number: 639161308
Notes: Originally published: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, ©2010.
Description: 397 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
Contents: Seedcase --
Seedling --
Hound's tongue --
Damask rose --
Nodding thistle --
Opium poppy --
Canada lily --
Passion flower --
Magnolia --
Everlasting pea --
Bloodroot --
Portlandia --
Winter cherry --
Leaves.
Responsibility: Molly Peacock.

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Mary Delany was seventy-two years old when she noticed a petal drop from a geranium. In a flash of inspiration, she picked up her scissors and cut out a paper replica of the petal, inventing the art of collage. It was the summer of 1772, in England. During the next ten years she completed nearly a thousand cut-paper botanicals (which she called mosaicks) so accurate that botanists still refer to them. Poet-biographer Molly Peacock uses close-ups of these brilliant collages in The Paper Garden to track the extraordinary life of Delany, friend of Swift, Handel, Hogarth, and even Queen Charlotte and King George III. How did this remarkable role model for late blooming manage it? After a disastrous teenage marriage to a drunken sixty-one-year-old squire, she took control of her own life, pursuing creative projects, spurning suitors, and gaining friends. At forty-three, she married Jonathan Swift's friend Dr. Patrick Delany, and lived in Ireland in a true expression of midlife love. But after twenty-five years and a terrible lawsuit, her husband died. Sent into a netherland of mourning, Mrs. Delany was rescued by her friend, the fabulously wealthy Duchess of Portland. The Duchess introduced Delany to the botanical adventurers of the day and a bonanza of exotic plants from Captain Cook's voyage, which became the inspiration for her art.

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