About This Artwork

United States, Ohio, Miami

The Circuit Rider's Quilt, c. 1862

Appliquéd quilt; dyed and printed cotton plain weave fabrics; cotton thread and metallic braid embroidery; ink signatures
215 x 241.5 cm (85 3/4 x 95 in.)
Inscription (left side): " Presented to the Rev. G. C. Warvel by the Class of Low Chapel, Miami, A.C.U.B.Ch." (Individual signatures in sepia ink throughout)

Gift of Emma B. Hodge, 1919.535

A circuit rider was a traveling preacher who served a circuit of small communities located outside a central town. Like the Friendship Quilt across the gallery, this quilt represents the collective effort of a community to express its appreciation for one of its members—here, the Reverend G. C. Warvel.

Making Memories: Quilts as Souvenirs, October 20, 2017-April 1, 2018

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Art Institute of Chicago, Making Memories: Quilts as Souvenirs, Galleries 57-59, October 20, 2017-April 1, 2018

The Art Institute of Chicago, Folk Art Gallery, Department of American Arts, May 3- December 5, 1984

The Art Institute of Chicago, Quilts from the Permanent Collection, November 8, 1978–January 21, 1979

Publication History

Elizabeth Wells Robertson. American Quilts (New York : Studio Publications, 1948).

Mildred Davison. American quilts from the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago: 1966).

Judith A. Barter and Monica Obniski. For Kith and Kin: The Folk Art Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2012). P. 13, Fig. 5.




Interpretive Resources

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