Quilt No.299ASA - Art Gallery of South Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia
Owner: 
Art Gallery of South Australia
Location: 
SA Adelaide
Maker
Maker: 
Virginia Huntingdon Barclay
Made in
USA
Date: 
1881 - 1900
Description: 
Rectangular patchwork crazy quilt pieced in squares (3 across by 4 down), in silks and wool, with red sashing between blocks and red border, quilted. Colours are dark, with red and light blue. Embroidery includes double feather, rope, herringbone, satin, cross, sword edge, buttonhole and coral stitches, and French knots. Embroidered flowers include lily of the valley, rose, daisy, and sunflower, also butterflies. Backing is pieced in the frame style, with a large centre red square, within 10 frames or borders. Embroidered "In Most Loving Memory of My Darling 1883", "V.H.B." Hand sewn.
1900 x...
History: 

Made by Virginia Huntingdon Barclay in Bethany, Virginia, USA, c.1883. Given to Mary Barclay (born Magarey) by her husband, Virginia's brother. Owned by her daughter Audine Andrews. Gifted to the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, in 1983 by Mrs. Audine Andrews.
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Story: 

Virginia Huntingdon Barclay, who died aged 21, made her quilt in Bethany, Virginia, United States. Her embroidered inscription is signed and dated 1883. The quilt was given to the donor's mother Mary Barclay (born Magarey) in 1919 on her return to South Australia with her family. Mary Barclay was born in South Australia and visited the United States in 1903 where she met and married the maker's brother.

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