It is thought that this group of coverlets may have been woven by several different weavers. At one time it was believed that they came out of the workshop of James Alexander of Orange County, N.Y., since striking similarities exist between the two groups. However this attribution has now been dismissed. The corner legend reading: “Agriculture & Manufactures Are The Foundation of Our Independence” is usually combined with a date (known examples ranging from the early 1820s to the late 1840s) and sometimes an addition to the inscription; “July 4” or “General Lafayette” (these additions most likely commemorating Lafayette’s return visit to America in 1824-25). However, it is not clear where the agriculture quote itself came from. Many examples of the Agriculture group of coverlets exist whose original owners lived in Dutchess and Ulster counties. Historic Huguenot Street owns four coverlets from the Agriculture group dated between 1824 and 1838 – all with Ulster County family provenance.
The donor was a DuBois on both her mother and father's side, but the identity of "C. DuBois" has not been established.
The works in this exhibition are on display from October 16-December 12, 2010 and January 26-March 18, 2011 at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY. For hours and information visit http://www.newpaltz.edu/museum/.
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