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Mrs. Delany & her circle /
edited by Mark Laird & Alicia Weisberg-Roberts.
imprint
New Haven : Yale Center for British Art ; London : Sir John Soane's Museum in association with Yale University Press, 2009.
description
xi, 283 p. : ill. (some col.)
ISBN
9780300142792 (alk. paper)
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imprint
New Haven : Yale Center for British Art ; London : Sir John Soane's Museum in association with Yale University Press, 2009.
isbn
9780300142792 (alk. paper)
contents note
Directors' foreword / Amy Meyers and Tim Knox -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction / Alicia Weisberg-Roberts and Mark Laird -- 1. Mrs. Delany and the court / Clarissa Campbell-Orr -- 2. Mary Delany's embroidered court dress / Clare Browne -- 3. Dressing for court : sartorial politics and fashion news in the age of Mary Delany / Hannah Greig -- 4. The theory and practice of female accomplishment / Amanda Vickery -- 5. Adorning Aspasia's closet : Mrs. Delany's paintings and drawings / Kim Sloane -- 6. Mary Delany : epistolary utterances, cabinet spaces, and material forms of natural history / Maria Zytaruk -- 7. Seasonality, circulation, and Mrs. Delany's landscape gardening circle / Mark Laird -- 8. "A beautiful mixture of pretty objects" : Mrs. Delany's natural history and zoological activities / Janice Neri -- 9. Novelty in nomenclature : the botanical horizons of Mary Delany / John Edmondson -- 10. A progress in plants : Mrs. Delany's botanical circle / Lisa Ford -- 11. The practice of 'paper mosaick' by Mrs. Delany and her circle / Kohleen Reeder -- 12. An intimate and intricate mosaic : Mary Delany and her use of paper / Peter Bower.
general note
Publication to accompany an exhibition organised by the Yale Center for British Art in association with Sir John Soane's Museum, London, which will be on view at the Yale Center for British Art, Sept. 24, 2009-Jan 3, 2010 and at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England, Feb. 18-May 1, 2010.
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6838092
 
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"Handsome, sumptuously illustrated . . . of interest to specialists and laypeople alike."--Jon Lackman, Art History Newsletter
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Booklist, December 2009
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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 18th-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 endeavors, reveals the complexity of her engagement with natural science, fashion, and design.
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At the age of 72, Mary Delany embarked upon a series of nearly 1000 botanical collages, or 'paper mosaics', which would prove to be the crowning achievement of her rich creative life. This book surveys the range of Mrs Delany's creative endeavours, revealing the complexity of her engagement with natural science, fashion and design.

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