Quilt

American
late 19th century


Object Place: probably New York, United States

Dimensions

Length x width: 182.9 x 188 cm (72 x 74 in.)

Accession Number

2012.170

Medium or Technique

Pieced and quilted cotton plain weave, embroidered with cotton yarns

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Quilt of red and white stripes, surrounded by blue border and canton decorated with 48 stars to form a flag. Upper border features patriotic and other mottos, while nine of the vertical red and white stripes contain approx. 300 names embroidered in lists. Two red corner blocks at bottom. Thought to be supporters of woman’s suffrage, the name “Susan B. Anthony” appears near the top of one of the central columns.
White stars are machine appliqued to blue ground. Mottos and names are hand embroidered in satin stitch to contrasting ground. There is machine quilting in white thread in parallel diagonal lines between names and around stars. Some lines of hand quilting also appear in white thread across three blank bars on left. Backing is of red and white checked cotton.

Provenance

Susan Parrish (1935-2011), New York; March 4, 2012, sale, Skinner (consigned by the estate of Susan Parrish), Boston, lot 645, to the MFA. (Accession date: April 25, 2012)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund and with funds donated anonymously