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Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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England
EMBROIDERED AND APPLIQUÉ PATCHWORK COVERLET
the geometric pattern includes twenty-two alternating lozenges worked with inscriptions in red thread, including ‘Open thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of thy’, ‘Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path’ and ‘To teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom’, the central lozenge inscription reads ‘Made by the children of the infant school Jan(?), 82
woven patterned cotton, embroidered cotton thread
approximately 202 by 178cm., 6ft 7in by 5ft 10in.
late 19th century
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Catalogue Note

‘Scripture’ coverlets, with Bible verses and prayers were popular throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. Their production was encouraged by organisations and institutions to offer spiritual comfort and guidance. Churches, Sunday schools, Bible classes, Temperance groups, hospitals and sewing circles were all involved. Some were made for personal use, and others sold at church fairs and auctions. For an example of a ‘Scripture’ coverlet, see Prichard, Sue, Quilts 1700-2010: Hidden Histories, Untold Stories, V&A Publishing, 2010, Exhibition Victoria & Albert Museum, 20 March – 4 July 2010, A Celebration of more than 300 years of British quilts and patchwork, Cat.41, Coverlet, Britain, 1850-1900, with various inscriptions (196 by 170cm), V&A: T.67-1970. For further comprehensive discussion on quilts and their historical and cultural context, with relation to a collectin in Delaware, USA, see Eaton, Linda, Quilts - in a material world: Selections from the Winterthur Collection, New York, 2007, Chp.5. You may circumnavigate the globe: quilts and international trade, pp.110-137.

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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London