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  • New England Gentleman [Object]

    Among the most celebrated of American folk painters, John Brewster Jr. (1766-1854) was his own greatest creation. The son of a prominent doctor in Hampton, Connecticut, Brewster was born profoundly...

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  • General Sir Henry Clinton [Object]

    Sir Henry Clinton, British officer and diplomat, was born in Newfoundland and educated in Britain. He distinguished himself along with Generals William Howe and John Burgoyne at the Battle of...

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  • A chieff Ladye of Pomeiooc [Object]

    Hand-coloured copperplate engraving. Plate VIII from de Bry's 'America Part I (Virginia)', part of his 'Les Grands Voyages' series. The plate is based on a watercolour by John White...

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  • Tree of Life Quilt [Object]

    Machine-pieced blocks (11½ in square) with pine tree design are set on point and alternate with plain white blocks. Four alternating borders (each 1 in wide) of red and white...

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  • The Famouse West Indian voyadge made by the Englishe fleet… [Object]

    First map from Walter Biggs' 'A Summarie and True Discourse of Sir Francis Drake's West Indian Voyage'. Anti-Spanish feeling in England was running high in 1585. As a consequence, Sir...

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  • Plan of St. Augustine (Florida) [Object]

    With north at right, Boazio’s bird’s-eye view is the first printed map of a city in what was to become the United States. St Augustine had in fact been built...

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  • Map of the Caribbean [Object]

    This map of the Caribbean was included in the first book of the ‘Decades’ by Peter Martyr, but its publication displeased King Ferdinand, who in 1511 issued a decree that...

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  • Red Cross Quilt [Object]

    Quilt top pieced from large squares and rectangles of fabric sewn together in geometric design. The fabric was probably cut from discarded blue, grey and brown suits. Hand-quilted with straight...

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  • Darts of Death or Widow’s Quilt [Object]

    Black and white Darts of Death blocks alternate with plain white squares. The blocks are set on point in a black border (2 in wide), which is in turn surrounded...

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  • Star of Bethlehem Quilt [Object]

    Eight-pointed star in centre of quilt, made from rows of diamonds pieced in alternating bands of colours and appliquéd onto a white background. Smaller eight-pointed stars are in the four...

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