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L2010.42.15
L2010.42.15
Hannah Huxley
(American, 1804-1876)
Star of Bethlehem, 1832
Possibly Delaware
L2010.42.15
L2010.42.15
Hannah Huxley
(American, 1804-1876)
Star of Bethlehem, 1832
Possibly Delaware
L2010.42.15
L2010.42.15
Hannah Huxley
(American, 1804-1876)
Star of Bethlehem, 1832
Possibly Delaware

Hannah Huxley
(American, 1804-1876)
Star of Bethlehem, 1832
Cottons
Possibly Delaware
107 x 111 in.
Collection of Eleanor Bingham Miller L2010.42.15

This quilt's exact origin remains uncertain, an issue often encountered with Kentucky-associated quilts (and with quilts made elsewhere). A label identified its maker as Hannah Huxley, wife of Elisha Huxley. By repute, the Huxleys lived in Covington, Kentucky, at the time of the quilt's creation. However, census, land, and tax records do not place any Huxleys in the area between 1800 and 1850, nor do any Huxleys appear in the Kentucky census through 1870. Confusing matters further, some features of the quilt's design are reminiscent of examples made in Delaware and Pennsylvania; an Elisha and Hannah Huxley who married in 1826 lived in Wilmington, Delaware (this Hannah Huxley's supposed life dates were 1805-1874).

Quilts like this with large, decorated central medallions began to be made in the late eighteenth century. Their vocabulary of forms and techniques greatly influenced the development of American quilting practices of the nineteenth century. This is an especially fine example of a center medallion quilt, using costly fabrics to create a vibrant, meticulously executed design.

 
 
 


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