Mary Granville Pendarves Delaney (1700-1788) witty, beautiful and talented was a contemporary and friend of Jonathan Swift and George Frideric Handel. At the age of 72 after having been widowed for a second time began creating mixed media collage. In ten years she created 985 botanically correct cut paper flowers. They are currently housed in the British Museum and are referred to as the Flora Delanica.
In 2010, Molly Peacock, an award-winning poet, published The Paper Garden: an artist begins her life's work at 72. This is a beautifully written biography that examines the nature of creativity and art.
Color illustrations of Mrs. Delaney's work are included in the book.
Please join us on Thursday, January 19th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss this amazing book. Copies may be picked up at the library.