DOCTOR SYNTAX TOILE QUILT, 1820s
Illustrating a popular story of its day, this quilt is akin to a Disney princess or superhero bedspread. The source here is the bestselling comic poem Dr. Syntax in Search of the Picturesque, which inspired two sequels. Author William Combe spoofed the era’s fad for dramatic landscapes and their supposed power to inspire deep emotional reactions in the viewer. Pastor Syntax embarks on a trip to seek “the picturesque,” only to fall into a series of unheroic mishaps.
Cotton possibly printed by John Marshall & Sons, Manchester (U.K.)
73” x 86”
Gift of The Bargain Loft, 91.61