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Mary Delany's writing was unpublished in her lifetime during the eighteenth century, but letters, occasional poems, and other writings (a libretto, a romance) were as much part of her daily life as her art works. Little except her letters survives.
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14 May 1700 Mary Granville (later MD) was born in the small village of Coulston in Wiltshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
4 October 1772 MD wrote to a niece that she had "invented a new way of imitating flowers." So began her best-remembered work: the "Hortus Siccus" or "Flora Delanica" or 'paper mosaicks', a collection of pictorial representations made by pasting scraps of coloured paper. Bibliographic Citation link.
15 April 1788 MD died of pneumonia at Windsor. Bibliographic Citation link.
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