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WAAC Education Committee presents ARTIST VOICES Speaker Series with Molly Peacock

Three Roses in a Ginger Jar: Mary Hiester Reid Makes It to the MET

May 16, 2024

via ZOOM and Watch together In-Person at WAAC

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Molly Peacock, author of Flower Diary: Mary Hiester Reid Paints, Travels, Marries & Opens a Door, will apply her enthusiasm to the creation of Mary Hiester Reid’s suggestive still life, Three Roses in a Ginger Jar. She’ll tell us the message of its Mermet roses, the Canadian Bloomsbury of the love triangle the painting suggests, the place it was created, the ideas behind the Ginger Jar, and the story of how this Tonalist still life, painted by a 19th-century woman painter who represented Canada at the Columbian Exposition was acquired in the 21st century by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Molly Peacock is a biographer and poet. A Fellow of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, she is the author of two biographies, Flower Diary: Mary Hiester Reid Paints, Travels, Marries & Opens a Door, as well as The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 (named a Book of the Year by The Economist, The Globe and Mail, Booklist, The London Evening Standard, The Irish Times, and The Sunday Telegraph.) Peacock spent eight years writing and researching her biography of Mary Hiester Reid, thanks to fellowships from Access Copyright Canada and the Canada Council on the Arts. Peacock is also a distinguished poet, the author of eight volumes of poetry, and a poetry activist. Her forthcoming book of poems is The Widow’s Crayon Box, in bookstores November 5.


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