Mrs Delany a Life

by Clarissa Campbell Orr

I’m intrigued by this biography of an eighteenth-century woman, Mary Delany, who at age 72 invented a new art form called flower mosaics. She herself dismissed these as frippery, but they are celebrated in the British Museum to this day. This beautifully illustrated book provides an enlightening historical and social study of her time as we witness the intellectual development of this great but humble collagist. A comforting slice of British history which may inspire you, in this period of enforced captivity, to pursue your own quiet creative impulse.

Reviewed for Zimmermann by Sophie Lee.