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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst


Maker(s):Cutler, Louisa Adelaide S. (attributed)
Culture:American (1843-1921)
Date Made:1905-1935
Materials:textile: silk
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Florence
Measurements:overall: 89 1/4 x 50 in.; 226.695 x 127 cm
Accession Number:  HD 1998.11
Credit Line:Gift of Eileen C. Mahar

Woven silk coverlet probably done by Louise Adelaide S. (Plimpton) Cutler (1843-1921) at the Hill Insitute after 1905; and the silk thread used was probably produced at one of the local silk factories. The Cutlers lived on Park Street in Florence. Samuel Hill (1806-1882), a wealthy industrialist of Florence, Massachusetts, used his fortune to benefit the community's inhabitants. One of his achievements was the founding in 1876 of the first free kindergarten in the United States. He left property in his will for the establishment of a school to benefit local young men and women. In 1891, the Hill Industrial School in Florence (now Hill Institute) was founded to teach sewing, home economics, and industrial arts; weaving was added to the curriculum in 1905.

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