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The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock
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bookshelves: 2011, historical-biography

Mrs. Delany, an 18thC aristocratic lady, invented a whole new artform at the age of 72. This book explores her life and work, and the links to the author's life in sections themed around some of Delany's beautiful cut paperwork floral portraits. Delany led a full and rich life which was well-documented by letters, and this is not only a fascinating biography of life in the 1700's (her life spanned most of the century) but also a rare portrait of a female artist.
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