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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

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


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

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:

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

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