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Title Henry Clay Presentation Quilt
Object Name Quilt
Catalog Number 1984.34.1
Lexicon Category 2: Building Furnishings
Lexicon Sub-category Bedding
Description Circa 1850 Henry Clay Presentation Quilt consisting of thirty-one celadon, salmon, and buff chintz panels that have been crewel embroidered in pastoral scenes. The focal point is the central panel, a needlework portrait of Senator Henry Clay (1777-1852) that was likely based on an 1842 portrait of the Senator by artist John Neagle. In addition to crewel embroidery, the quilt includes limited applique work in several embroidered blocks and stuffed work in the setting blocks.

Oral tradition holds that the Clay's wife made it as a gift for Maria Crittenden (abt 1797-1851), the wife of the senator's political ally, Senator John Jordan Crittenden (1787-1863).
Made Clay, Lucretia Hart (1781- 1864)
Place of Origin Kentucky or Washington D.C.
Used Kentucky or Washington D.C.
Material Fabric/Thread
Technique Quilting/Embroidery
Artist Clay, Lucretia Hart (1781-1864)
Medium Fiber
Role Artist Quiltmaker
Search Terms Quilts and Quilting
Quilting
Quilts
Politicians
Needlework
Subjects Quilting --Kentucky
Quilting
Political culture --Kentucky.
Politicians
Needlework
People Clay, Henry, 1777-1852
Crittenden, John Jordon, 1787-1863
Year Range From 1842
Year Range To 1852
Caption Henry Clay Presentation Quilt
Number of Images 3
Dimensions W-81 L-102 inches
Dimension type 1
Length (in) 102
Width (cm) 205.74
Width (ft) 6.75
Width (in) 81