DescriptionThe holly branch gracing this distinctive card is adapted from Mary Delany’s (British, 1700–1788) colored-paper collage of 1775. Greeting: Season’s Greetings.
Produced in cooperation with the British Museum, London.
20 cards and 20 envelopes per box. 6 1/4'' x 4 7/8''.
- 20 cards and 20 envelopes per box
- 6 1/4'' x 4 7/8''
- Greeting: Season’s Greetings
Art HistoryThe young Mary Granville (British, 1700–1788) married Alexander Pendarves at the age of seventeen, an unhappy marriage that was arranged by her uncle Lord Lansdowne and ended with the death of her aged husband in 1724. Soon after, Mary moved to London where she took painting lessons with Joseph Goupy and probably William Hogarth (1697-1764). At this time, she also met and befriended the composer George Frederick Handel (1685-1759) and the writer Jonathan Swift (1667-1745). It was through her friend Swift that Mary met Patrick Delany, a protestant Irish clergyman, whom she married in 1743. Mary lived with her husband at Delville, near Dublin, where she developed the fashionable skills of shell decorations, cut silhouettes, and needlework. In 1768, Patrick passed away, and Mary began spending summers with the Duchess of Portland at Bulstrode in Buckinghamshire. It was here, at the age of 72, that Mary began her remarkable career producing a vast series of flower collages. With an eye to botanical detail, Mary cut small pieces of colored paper and skillfully attached them to a black background, at times touching them up with watercolor. Through the Duchess of Portland, Mary met George III and Queen Charlotte, who later provided her with a house in Windsor in her last years.