Autobiography and Correspondence of Mary Granville, Mrs Delany: Volume 1

Autobiography and Correspondence of Mary Granville, Mrs Delany: Volume 1 : With Interesting Reminiscences of King George the Third and Queen Charlotte

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Mary Delany (nee Granville, 1700-88) is best known for her cut-paper illustrations of plants - she completed nearly 1,000 of these detailed botanical pictures. Widowed after an unhappy first marriage, she lived in London, attended court, and was a favourite of George III and Queen Charlotte. After being widowed for a second time, and at the age of 74, she began her plant illustrations: failing eyesight caused her to abandon the work in 1784. Delany knew many of the leading cultural figures of the eighteenth century, including Handel and Swift. An enthusiastic correspondent, she wrote and received hundreds of letters, which were edited by her great-great-niece, Lady Llanover (1802-96). Published in 1861-2, they tell the life story of this remarkable woman, while also providing a fascinating glimpse into the world of Georgian England. Volume 1 begins with an unfinished autobiography and continues with correspondence from 1717 to 1737.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 b/w illus.
  • 1139105256
  • 9781139105255

Table of contents

Introduction; Autobiography and Correspondence: 1. From the birth of Mary Granville to her first marriage. 1700-17; Letters 1-4; 2. From Mary Granville's marriage with Alexander Pendarves, Esq., of Roscrow, to his death. 1717-24-5. Letters 5-14; 3. From the year of Mr Pendarves's death to Mrs Pendarves's first visit to Ireland; Letters 14-16; 4. Mrs. Pendarves's visit to Ireland. Sept. 1731-April, 1733; Letters 16-18; 5. From Mrs Pendarves's return from her visit to Ireland to the marriage of her sister Mrs Ann Granville. 1733-40; Letter 18.show more