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Bedcover

A work made of cotton, plain weave; quilted and stitched in trapunto technique.
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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave; quilted and stitched in trapunto technique.

Date:

1819

Artist:

Ursula Whittlesey (American, 1796-1875)
United States, Connecticut, Saybrook

About this artwork

The execution of this elegant bedcover required great skill and an immense commitment of time on the part of the maker. In the 18th century, white bedcovers were mainly a privilege of the wealthy, as they were difficult to keep clean, but American production of cotton reduced the monetary investment involved in whole cloth quilts. A direct descendent of John Whittlesey (1623–1704), an original settler of Saybrook, Connecticut, Ursula Whittlesey was the daughter of Ambrose Whittlesey (a sailor by profession) (1761–1827) and Ann Waterhouse (1758–1838). She married Edward Sanford (1798–1888), a farmer, in 1828. The donor of the bedcover was the maker’s granddaughter.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Ursula Whittelsey (Maker)

Title

Bedcover

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1819

Medium

Cotton, plain weave; quilted and stitched in trapunto technique

Dimensions

235.7 × 231.1 cm (92 3/4 × 91 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Ella R. Sanford

Reference Number

1945.98

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