FRAMED MEDALLION QUILT, 1820s
Birds often accompany “Tree of Life designs,” but the bird of prey used here had personal resonance for this quilt maker. It was probably included as a nod to the quilt’s recipient, Edward Harris, an ornithologist and financial backer of John James Audubon. The Harris Hawk was one of two birds Audubon named after his friend.
Probably made by Mary Lang Harris (c.1797-1830) or Sarah Harris Spencer (c.1796-1826), Moorestown, New Jersey
84.5” x 87”
Gift of Edward Harris Darrach, Jr., 96.69