Mary Delany was a fascinating woman, who lived from 1700 until 1788. The most amazing thing, she did not make her unique "mosaiks" until she was in her 70's and she created over 1700 of these pieces! You could understandably think that the photo below is a water color but it is not, what you see are tiny pieces of paper, cut and pasted, layer upon layer and done with such precision that the finished piece looks very much like the original flower! (You are thinking, why that is just collage! Yes, I know it is but this is extraordinary work, don't you think?)
And a most extraordinary woman she was too, this was written about her... "She judged everything and everybody for herself; and, while ridiculing all empty-headed or vain insipidity, whether fashionable or eccentric, was always ready to applaud the unusual, if sincere and worthy. She was eager in the acquisition of knowledge of all kinds to the end of her life."
Passion Flower by Mary Delany-1777
Where can you see some of her works? Why, at one of my favorite places in the world, The Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum! You may read much more about Mary Delany here. Also, just here!
I hope you will find her story as interesting as I do!
"She was eager in the acquisition of knowledge OF ALL KINDS to the end of her life."
Wild azalea (NOT a landscape plant, it is a wildflower!) at Stone Mountain , March 2017.