1825 - 1850 "Shakspere's Seven Ages" Pieced Comfort

Description
This comfort, with a very thick cotton filling, was relined and retied after 1850. The many printed fabrics that were used for the pieced-worked top make it significant.
In particular, vignette segments from a roller-printed fabric, "Shakspere's Seven Ages," were used for several of the blocks. The scenes were rendered in red on plain-weave ivory cotton fabric. This was an 1830-1840 adaptation of an earlier, popular 1805 plate print by John Slack, which, in turn had been copied from a series of engravings published in 1801. Several of the vignettes are printed with titles such as “Dotage,” “The Justise,” or “The School Boy,” and of course on a banner, “Shakspere’s Seven Ages.”
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1825-1850
associated person
Shakespeare, William
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 84 in x 73 in; 212 cm x 184 cm
ID Number
TE.E388879
accession number
182022
catalog number
E388879
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Greenwood
subject
Quilting
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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