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Delany, Mrs. (Mary), 1700–1788

Specimens of rare and beautiful needlework / designed and executed by Mrs. Delany and her friend the Hon. Mrs. Hamilton ; photographed from the originals in the possession of Lady Hall of Llanover.

[London] : Published by Dickinson Bros., 114 New Bond Street, [approximately 1860]
Physical Description:
2 volumes : illustrations ; 37 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2017 10
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
"In the present publication, for the first time, photography is applied to the reproduction of specimens of needlework."--Vol. [1], page [1].
Cover title.
Issued in two parts, each containing [5] leaves of plates with descriptive letterpress text. Additional parts were contemplated but never published.
Vol. [1]: [12] pages, [5] leaves of plates; v. [2]: [10] pages, [5] leaves of plates.
The plates are mounted photographs (albumen prints) reproducing specimens of embroidery. Plates [7] and [10] each consist of 2 mounted prints.
Mrs. Delany & her circle, edited by Mark Laird and Alicia Weisberg-Roberts, pages 15, 66, 72-73
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in publisher's original printed wrappers, with red cloth back (2 volumes).
Subject Terms:
Delany, Mrs. (Mary), 1700-1788.
Embroidery -- England -- History -- 18th century.
Hamilton, Dorothea, active 18th century.
Llanover, Augusta Hall, Baroness, 1802-1896 -- Art collections.
Albumen prints.
Hamilton, Dorothea, active 18th century.

  • 1. Group of poppies ... designed by Mrs. Delany
  • 2. Summer cover of Mrs. Delany's drawing-room chairs
  • 3. Group of spring flowers ... by Mrs. Hamilton
  • 4. Companion to no. 3
  • 5. Basket of flowers ... by Mrs. Hamilton.
  • 6. Group of poppies ... companion to the first plate
  • 7. Two groups ... thistle with pink convolvulus ... white rose ... on a petticoat of black satin ... by Mrs. Delany
  • 8. Double lilac anemone and yellow jessamine (from the same petticoat)
  • 9. Purple auricula and scarlet geranium (from the same petticoat)
  • 10. Two stomachers, the one designed and embroidered by Mrs. Delany, the other painted ... by ... Mrs. Hamilton.

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