Molly Peacock on Late Life Creativity

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08.12.2011

Imagine beginning your life's work at age 72.  In the 1770's, Mary Delaney invented the medium we now call collage.  Her collection of botanically-correct floral collages is today housed in the British Museum.  Poet Molly Peacock fell in love with the work and the artist and has written a meditation on both and on late-life creativity.

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A Woman Becomes An Artist in her Eighth Decade

[Adapted from Chapter One]

Imagine starting your life's work at seventy-two. At just that age, Mary Granville Pendarves Delany (May 14, 1700-April 15, 1788), a fan of George Frideric Handel, a sometime dinner partner of satirist Jonathan Swift, a wearer of green-hooped satin gowns, and a fiercely devoted subject of blond King George III, invented a precursor of what we know as collage.

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there seems to be no access to illustrations, though they were mentioned in the radio broadcast.

The story on Mary Delaney's art said there were pictures on the site--can't find them. Thanks.

One of the illustrations in the excerpt can be double clicked on to enlarge the image for a closer look at her art.

Mary Granville Pendarves, a fan of George Frideric Handel, a wearer of green-hooped satin gowns, and a fiercely devoted subject of blond King George III, invented a precursor of what we know as collage. That was a nice article about Mary Granville Pendarves. http://www.mywindowshelp.com

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