FRIENDSHIP ALBUM, 1820s
Flowers were linked in popular culture to sentimental and spiritual thoughts. Here, a poem moves from literal flowers of spring to “a flower more sweet more fair,” identified at poem’s end as “love.”
Women often invited friends to contribute poems, quotes, drawings, and watercolors to their friendship albums. Friendship albums were the inspiration for album quilts whose blocks, inscribed by friends, are the fabric equivalent of a friendship book.
Assembled by Alletta Van Nest (1787-1875), Somerset County, New Jersey
Watercolor and ink on paper
7” x 8”
Gift of the Abigail Bartholomew Chapter, NSDAR, 97.20.2