Paper Mosaicks: So intricate and detailed, it looks like a painting
June 21, 2011 3:11 PM Subscribe
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In 1772, at the age of 73, Mrs. Mary Delany invented a new way of depicting flowers: with hundreds of small pieces of paper carefully cut out and placed. This method - which she called "paper mosaicks" and which later became known as (paper) collage - enchanted her friend Lady Portland, King George III and his queen, and natural historians, artists, collectors, and friends alike. They look like botanical paintings, but are constructed out of paper.
the British Museum's collection.
Her artistic training with artists like Hogarth, her aristocratic background, widowhood, and interest in the natural world all informed this innovation. This is a (somewhat frustratingly formatted) narrative
of her life during the seventeen years she created these pieces - or the briefer wikipedia
entry may be more your speed.