Scenes of American Life

About 1920
Possibly made by Mrs. Cecil White (probably Hartford, CT)


Length x width: 195.6 × 152.4 cm (77 × 60 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave, twill, and compound weave; silk plain weave, pieced and applied top tied to backing

Not On View



Quilt composed of 55 vignettes depicting figures engaged in various pursuits, including a bartender serving his patrons, a rodeo star, tennis players, golfers, baseball players, a billiards scene, sweethearts, a man who has climbed up a ladder to his paramour, a man in uniform, a man getting his shoes shined, among many other identifiable scenes - all bordered by touring cars, pickup trucks, and steam locomotives.


1972, Rhea Goodman Quilt Gallery, Inc., New York; 1988, sold by Rhea Goodman Quilt Gallery, Inc. to American Hurrah, New York; by 2000, sold by American Hurrah to Gail and Michael Mendelson, Mendelson Collection, New York; sold by Mendelson's to Frank Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT; sold by Giampietro Gallery to Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York; sold by Ricco/Maresca Gallery to private Massachusetts collection; March 3, 2018, American Furniture and Decorative Arts sale (3080B), Skinner, Boston, lot 52, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 25, 2018)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund, Elizabeth M. and John F. Paramino Fund in memory of John F. Paramino, Boston Sculptor, Frank B. Bemis Fund, and John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund