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Mrs Delany Reviews

Mrs Delany by Ruth Hayden

Mrs Delany

Her Life and Her Flowers

Ruth Hayden

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1 review

Imprint: British Museum Press
Publisher: British Museum Press
Publication date: 22 May 2000
ISBN: 9780714126272

Through a study of Mrs Delany's correspondence, Ruth Hayden recaptures the atmosphere of privileged society in 18th-century England.

3 stars out of 5
31 Oct 2019

"immerses you in the minutiae of Mary’s life"

Mary spent ten years creating a library of almost 1,000 meticulous plant portraits, a wondrous combination of art and science, until failing eyesight forced her to stop. The works were never displayed to the public, but were eventually collected into ten albums, known as the Flora Delanica. Biographer Clarissa Campbell Orr immerses you in the minutiae of Mary’s life. At times, the wealth of detail feels overwhelming, yet the section on the magnificent collages feels strangely rushed and leaves you wanting to know more. Luckily, the Flora Delanica, in all its fragile glory, is available to be viewed on request at the British Museum.