Mark Laird
Mark Laird is a historic landscape consultant and garden conservator and teaches landscape history at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.
Laird, Mark
Laird, Mark
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Description: Mrs. Delany and Her Circle
Mrs. Delany lived in London at no. 33 St. James’s Place from 1771 until her death in 1788.See F.H.W. Sheppard ed., Survey of London: The Parish of St. James Westminster Part One South of Piccadilly...
Description: Mrs. Delany and Her Circle
In Mrs. Delany’s lifetime, genteel women spent more time in the garden, as in the home generally, than did men...
Description: Mrs. Delany and Her Circle
The twelve essays in Mrs. Delany and her Circle range widely but all contribute to an understanding of the mantua petticoat representing the first half of Mary’s life, and the “paper mosaicks” that are the crowning achievement of the second. In planning the exhibition, we...
Description: Mrs. Delany and Her Circle
At the age of seventy-two, Mary Delany, née 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.
Print publication date December 2009 (out of print)
Print ISBN 9780300142792
EISBN 9780300252941
Illustrations 289
Print Status out of print