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Through a study of Mrs Delany's correspondence, Ruth Hayden recaptures the atmosphere of privileged society in 18th-century England. Mrs Delany's perspective and lively letters to her sister Anne and her niece Mary reveal her often strong views on the events of the period and on the social life of her circle. Luminaries of social, political and artistic life enliven her correspondence. She was a friend of Handel and the correspondent of Swift. Her deep friendship with the Duchess of Portland brought her into contact with some of the greatest botanical artists and botanists of the time, including Sir Joseph Banks, who collected species from around the world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714126272
ISBN-10: 0714126276
Format: Paperback
(246mm x 189mm x 15mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: British Museum Press
Publisher: British Museum Press
Publish Date: 22-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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