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18th Century Paper Flowers: Mary Delany

I was turned onto the incredible paper-tissue botanical creations by Mary Delany by a kindred fab florist friend and I was immediately smitten. Even more so when I learned that Mrs. Delany was in her seventies when she created most of these exquisite, “Paper Mosaiks,” totaling almost 1,700, all around the same time as George Washington was crossing the Delaware. Mrs. Delany was an avid gardener and she created her paper-tissue botanicals with extraordinary accuracy, often with multiple layers of her hand-colored tissue paper. I’m putting, “Mrs. Delany and Her Circle,” on my wish list to learn more about her life and her beautiful botanicals.Mary Delany6Mary Delany14x9x1x4z7x6x3x2Mary Delany26Mary Delany19b1M33M34v8v9v3v1Mary Delany1Mary Delany3Mary Delany7Mary Delany8Mary Delany16Mary Delany17Mary Delany22Mary Delany9Mary Delany11Mary Delany18Mary Delany23Mary Delany21Mary Delany27x7z5v5Mary Delany2z1Mary_Delany__n_e_Granville__by_John_OpieAbove images found here.cover51yFyahxMVL._SL110_Two of the books about Mary Delany.

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2 thoughts on “18th Century Paper Flowers: Mary Delany

  1. Really beautiful! thanks for sharing.

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