Mary Delany (1700-1788), courtier and artist, married Alexander Pendarves (1660-1725) in 1718. After his death in 1725, she lived in London, going to court functions, the opera, and the theater. She made many important friendships during this time, with whom she would carry on an extensive correspondence. In 1743, she married Patrick Delany (1685/6-1768) and moved to Dublin. When he died in May 1768, she returned to London, and in 1774 she began her so-called paper mosaics of flowers and plants; she had produced almost a thousand pages by 1784. She is also known for her correspondence with her family and her friends between 1725 and 1788, which was published by Lady Llanover in 1861-2. Purchased from Maggs, July 1936. In English. Written on front cover: list of contents, which includes items no longer in the manuscript. Pasted into front cover: dealer's description of manuscript. Binding: half calf over marbled boards.
Manuscript, in multiple hands, of 51 letters from Delany to her friend, Mary (Hamilton) Dickenson; several of them have been annotated by Dickenson. Some of the letters are in Delany's hand; others are in the hand of her niece Georgina Mary Anne Port and other secretaries. The letters contain primarily matters of routine correspondence, including invitations to tea; numerous references to Miss Hamilton's enviable proximity to the Queen and Delany's delight with the reception of a locket containing a lock of the Queen's hair; and inquiries and updates about the health of various acquaintances. Occasionally Delany sends her artwork to Miss Hamilton, and on June 22, 1785, she sends her congratulations on Miss Hamilton's marriage to John Dickenson. The collection also includes one letter to "Sally Sandford" asking her to entreat Delany's godson to visit Mrs. Dickenson.
Great Britain--Court and courtiers--Correspondence. Great Britain--Social life and customs--18th century.
Delany,--Mrs.--(Mary),--1700-1788. Delany,--Mrs.--(Mary),--1700-1788--Correspondence. Dickenson, Mary Hamilton,--1756-1816.
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