Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Remarkable Mrs Delany

Gloriosa Superba (Hexandria Monogynia), formerly in an album (Vol.IV, 96) Collage of coloured papers, with bodycolour and watercolour, on black ink background by Mary Delany (from the British Museum Collection).
Mary Delany began making paper collages, or ‘paper mosaicks' as she called them in 1771, at the age of 72. The idea came to her while staying with her companion, Margaret Bentinck, duchess of Portland, at Bulstrode in Buckinghamshire. She had noticed the similarity of colour between a geranium and a piece of red paper that was on her bedside table. Taking up her scissors she imitated the petals.

Her collages were botanically precise and correct, made from paper that she often dyed herself, and were mounted on a black background. She went on to create almost 1000 paper mosaicks up until her eyesight began to fail at the age of 83. These collages were bequeathed to the British Museum.

In addition to her collages she was also a keen gardener, a talented embroiderer and a tireless letter writer. Her art included oils, watercolours and pen-and-ink landscapes, with many of the latter housed at the National Gallery in Ireland.
Mesembrianthemum, Aureum Solandri, formerly in an album (Vol.V, 78). 1780 Collage of coloured papers, with bodycolour and watercolour, on black ink background by Mary Delany (from the British Museum Collection)


See more of the collection at the British Museum Online here.
Read more about this remarkable artist here.


Monday, 27 February 2017

"Ageless" Exhibition: RUST-EN-VREDE GALLERY

Some of our BAASA Western Cape members will be exhibiting at the RUST-EN-VREDE GALLERY.
Please support them by attending the opening tomorrow 28 February 2017 or visiting the exhibition that is on until 22 March 2017.





Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Who Was She?

Don't forget: A documentary film 'The Remarkable Miss North', about botanical artist Marianne North, is to be shown at The Old Mutual Hall, Kirstenbosch, Cape Town on Thursday 02 March 2017 at 10:30am. For more details please see WESTERN CAPE 2017 CALENDAR.

It will also be shown in Johannesburg on Saturday 06 May at the Branemark Institute, Rochester Place at 10:00am. For more details please see GAUTENG 2017 CALENDAR.


If you cannot view the video click here to view it on BBC online.