- Also known as
primary name: Delany, Mary
other name: Granville, Mary
- individual; British; Female
- Life dates
- Born Mary Granville, elder daughter of Bernard Granville and his wife Mary; married Alexander Pendarves at Longleat in 1718; her second marriage to Patrick Delany, a cleric and future Dean of Down, took place in 1743 followed by life in Ireland until his death in 1768; returned to London moving in court circles;became known for her drawing, garden design, shellwork and needlework but primarily for her paper collages of flowers all made between 1772 and 1782, mostly either at her London home, St James's Place, or at Bulstrode in Buckinghamshire, the country home of the Duchess of Portland where she spent the summer months; 985 paper collages were bequeathed to the BM by her descendant Augusta Hall, Lady Llanover, in 1897?; Delany's correspondence with her sister Ann Granville Dewes and her daughters Mary Dewes Port and Mary Ann Port Waddington published in 1861-2 by Waddington's daughter, Lady Llanover, 'The autobiography and correspondence of Mary Granville, Mrs. Delany', providing information on contemporary life including Swift, Rousseau and Handel and women writers Frances Burney, Elizabeth Montagu and Hannah More; George III gave Delany a house and allowance of £300 p.a. at Windsor in 1785; Delany died at Windsor Castle in 1788 and was buried at St. James's Piccadilly.
- Barbara Brandon Schnorrenberg, ‘Delany , Mary (1700–1788)’, ODNB, Oxford, 2004; online edn, Oct 2008;
Horace Walpole, 'Anecdotes of Painting in England', London, 1786, vol. II, p.242
Llanover, A (ed) 'Autobiography and Correspondence of Mary Granville, Mrs Delany', 6 vols. London, 1861-2
Ruth Hayden,' Mrs Delany and her flower collages', London, 2nd edition, 1992;
J. Thaddens, Mary Delany: model to the age', History, gender and eighteenth century literature, ed. B.F. Tobin, 1994, 113-40;
see E. Croft-Murray, unpublished notes in Dept. Prints & Drawings, BM.
E. Croft-Murray, unpublished notes in the Dept. Prints & Drawings, BM
Molly Peacock, 'The Paper Garden', Scribe Publications 2010.