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Botanical Album Quilt

This quilt is a variation of the traditional Baltimore album quilt in which blocks were appliquéd to suggest pages from one of the pictorial, remembrance, or autograph albums that were popular in mid-nineteenth century America. Here, where the inspiration was a botanical publication, skilled needlework is combined with the contemporary interest in flower painting and botanical subjects. As in other Baltimore album quilts, many of the flowers are three-dimensional constructions of layers of English and French block- and roller-printed textiles, with baskets "woven" from strips of fabric.

Made by Cinthia Arsworth, American

Geography:
Made in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, North and Central America

Date:
1840-1845

Medium:
Cotton plain weave with appliqués of plain, block- and roller-printed cotton, cotton chintz, and cotton compound weave; padded appliqué; silk and wool embroidery in chain, overcast, seed, straight, cross, knotted, and plush stitches; channel quilting

Dimensions:
7 feet 9 inches × 7 feet 9 inches (236.2 × 236.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1942-4-1

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Percival Armitage, 1942

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