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Appliqué quilt, dyed and printed cotton fabrics applied to cotton. The quilt is divided into fifteen pictorial rectangles. Worked with pieces of beige, pink, mauve, orange, dark red, gray-green and shades of blue cotton. This extraordinary quilt was created by Harriet Powers, an African...

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About 1895-1898, Dr. Charles Cuthbert Hall (1852-1908), New York [see note 1]; 1908, by inheritance to his son, Reverend Basil Douglas Hall (b. 1888 - d. 1979), New York; between November 2, 1960 and February 7, 1961, sold by Hall to Maxim Karolik (b. 1893 - d. 1963), Boston; 1964, bequest of Karolik to MFA. (Accession date: May 13, 1964) NOTES: [1] Commissioned and purchased for Hall, President of the Union Theological Seminary in New York, by the faculty ladies of Atlanta University where he had served as chairman of the board of trustees.

Credit Line

Bequest of Maxim Karolik

American (Athens, Georgia), 1895–98

Object Place

Athens, Georgia, United States


175 x 266.7 cm (68 7/8 x 105 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave, pieced, appliqued, embroidered, and quilted


Textiles and Fashion Arts