Mrs. Delany and Her Circle (Yale Center for British Art)

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At the age of seventy-two, Mary Delany, nee Mary Granville (1700-1788), embarked upon a series of nearly a thousand botanical collages, or 'paper mosaics', which would prove to be the crowning achievement of her rich creative life. These delicate hand-cut floral designs, made by a method of Mrs. Delany's own invention, vie with the finest botanical works of her time. More than two centuries later her extraordinary work continues to inspire. Although best known for these collages, Mrs. Delany was also an amateur artist, woman of fashion, and commentator on life and society in eighteenth-century England and Ireland. Her prolific craft activities not only served to cement personal bonds of friendship, but also allowed her to negotiate the interconnecting artistic, aristocratic, and scientific networks that surrounded her. This ambitious and groundbreaking book, the first to survey the full range of Mrs. Delany's creative endeavours, reveals the complexity of her engagement with natural science, fashion and design. It is published in association with the Yale Center for British Art.

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`This lavish book...is likely to be the best of its kind for many years...deeply informed, well-researched,...highly readable.'
--Richard Edmonds, Birmingham Post, 23rd October 2009

'The most beautifully produced garden book of the year, filled with sumptuous colour images.' --Tim Richardson, Daily Telegraph, 5th December 2009

'This rounded portrait of a remarkable woman is achieved through a series of essays and illustrated with examples...' --Anne Gatti, Times, 4th December 2009

`Yale books have class... (and this book) brings Delaney studies to a new pitch of scholarly refinement.'
--John McEwen, Spectator, 28th November 2009

`...scholarly, yet also readable and sumptuously produced... A timely reassessment of an underestimated figure (and at £40, a snip).' --Tim Richardson, Country Life (Best Books of 2009), 30th December 2009

`Mrs Delaney and Her Circle contains essays on Delaney's astonishing range of accomplishments, and fine illustrations of her handiwork.' --Jane Shilling, Daily Mail, 18th December 2009

`[A] rounded portrait of a remarkable woman.' --Anne Gatti, Times, 4th December 2009

`This beautifully illustrated book shows the paper collages in detail... [and] brings a remarkable woman to our attention.'
-- Bill Spence, Gazette & Herald (Ryedale & Scarborough), 6th January 2010

`Visually enchanting as these images are, they stand as microcosms of her entire world...a model of inter-disciplinary collaboration.' --Timothy Wilcox, Apollo, February 2010

`...brings a remarkable woman to our attention, and through her shows that it is never too late to produce a masterpiece.'
--Bill Spence, Yorkshire Gazette and Herald, 6th January 2010

About the Author:

Mark Laird is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design. Alicia Weisberg-Roberts is assistant curator of eighteenth and nineteenth-century art at the Walkers Art Museum, Baltimore.

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