A circuit rider was a traveling preacher who served a circuit of small communities located outside a central town. Like the Friendship Quilt, this quilt represents the collective effort of a community to express its appreciation for one of its members—here, the Reverend G. C. Warvel.
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Appliquéd quilt; dyed and printed cotton plain weave fabrics; cotton thread and metallic braid embroidery; ink signatures
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)
215 × 241.5 cm (85 3/4 × 95 in.)
Gift of Emma B. Hodge
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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.
Art Institute of Chicago, Quilts from the Permanent Collection, Nov. 8, 1978–Jan. 21, 1979.
Art Institute of Chicago, Folk Art Gallery, Department of American Arts, May 3–Dec. 5, 1984.
Art Institute of Chicago, Making Memories: Quilts as Souvenirs, Elizabeth F. Cheney and Agnes Allerton Textile Galleries, Oct. 20, 2017–Apr. 1, 2018.
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