HistoryThe quilt was made by A Earl in Queensland c. 1925. It was presented to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery by Mrs Margaret Anne Kent in 1995. A Earl came to Australia from England, Chesterfield, Derbyshire c. 1860 and lived in Queensland and New South Wales.
The nursery rhymes depicted on the quilt include: 'Hey Diddle Diddle', 'Little Miss Muffet', 'Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe', 'Mother Hubbard', "Puss in Boots', 'Little Boy Blue'.
DescriptionCot quilt of mixed textiles and techniques. Made in sections and stitched together possibly with some padding. It features embroidered and appliquéd animals (cats, donkey, elephant, squirrel, birds, kangaroo, emu) and nursery rhyme characters. Materials are cotton, silk, wool, imitation fur. There is a black velvet patch with a cross stitch parrot and embroidered date and initials 'May 1925 AE'. The backing is woven self-patterned curtain material. There is a ruffle around the edge in the same material.
1400 x 930 mm