Alicia Weisberg-Roberts
Alicia Weisberg-Roberts is Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong.
Weisberg-Roberts, Alicia
Weisberg-Roberts, Alicia
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Description: Mrs. Delany and Her Circle
The subject of this book, and the exhibition that it accompanies, was born Mary Granville on 14 May 1700 at Coulston, Wiltshire, and died Mary Delany on 15 April...
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PublisherYale Center for British Art
PublisherYale University Press
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.
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Print publication date December 2009 (out of print)
Print ISBN 9780300142792
EISBN 9780300252941
Illustrations 289
Print Status out of print