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GALLERY TALK: Bed Rugs from New London County, 1750-1825
April 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371 United States
with Lynne Z. Bassett, Textile Historian and Guest Curator
Included with Museum Admission, no advance reservation required
Guest curator Bassett offers an up-close examination of a selection of the bed rugs, an important form of American folk art in the current exhibition, New London County Quilts & Bed Covers, 1750-1825. Bassett’s presentation will address the who, what, and where as well as beguiling questions such as where did the inspiration for the designs come from and what if any are the connections between makers?
Image: Philena McCall (1783‒1822), Lebanon, Bed rug, 1802. Homespun wool tabby-weave ground fabric and embroidered dyed wool yarns, running chain stitch, with natural wool ground, cut pile, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, American Decorative Arts Purchase Fund, 1972.11.