About This Artwork

Atrributed to Margaret Blean (American, 1811-1887)
United States, Pennsylvania, Possibly Newville

Bedcover (Star Variation Quilt), 1831

Cotton, plain weave and plain weaves; printed; pieced; edged with cotton, plain weave; backed with cotton, plain weaves; pieced; cotton batting; quilted
263.5 x 228.3 cm (103 3/4 x 89 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mary Work, 1919.825

This bedcover is attributed to Margaret Blean, the daughter of Robert Blean (1770–1848) and Mary Craig (1770–1833). She was born in Newville, Pennsylvania, and married John Work (1807–1899) in 1837; the couple lived in Illinois. This piece was probably made for her hope or dowry chest. The donor of the bedcover, Mary Work (1846–1932), was the daughter of the maker.

— Exhibition label, Fabric of a New Nation: American Needlework and Textiles, 1776-1840, July 12, 2012–November 11, 2012, Galleries 57–59

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