Referring to the letters between Mary Delany and her beloved sister Anne, Molly Peacock aptly describes them as a paper mosaic, given that Mary more or less invented the art of collage.

‘In a way, Mary’s letters to Anne are a paper mosaick of days and weeks, hundreds into thousands of sentences cut in organic shapes to form the art of living.’

See also the bestellar review of this luminous book, complete with a mosaic of quotations and metaphors.


Source: Molly Peacock, The Paper Garden: Mrs Delany Begins her Life’s Work at 72 (London: Bloomsbury, 2012 (2010)), p. 237

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