The Paper Garden

The Paper Garden

An Artist {begins Her Life's Work} at 72

Book - 2011
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Mary Delany was seventy-two years old when she noticed a petal drop from a geranium. In a flash of inspiration, she picked up her scissors and cut out a paper replica of the petal, inventing the art of collage. It was the summer of 1772, in England. During the next ten years she completed nearly a thousand cut-paper botanicals (which she called mosaicks) so accurate that botanists still refer to them. Poet-biographer Molly Peacock uses close-ups of these brilliant collages in "The Paper Garden" to track the extraordinary life of Delany, friend of Swift, Handel, Hogarth, and even Queen Charlotte and King George III. -- Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2011, c2010.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781608195237
Call Number: 702.812 DELANY
Characteristics: 397 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Subjects: Delany, Mrs. 1700-1788.
Artists -- England -- Biography.
Collage -- England -- History -- 18th century.
Flowers in art.
Creative ability in old age.
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Mar 08, 2018

A truly lovely book to read and savor. A little too sex-focused in spots, so an adult-only read, I think. Great companion for Jane Austen and Bronte fans. It puts that era into perspective. The art itself is beautiful, amazing paper collage work, nicely presented.

Nov 27, 2017

a fascinating book about a remarkable woman, rich in detail and beautifully illustrated. an inspiration.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at GCPL

To Top