Burgoyne Surrounded

Burgoyne Surrounded
Burgoyne Surrounded
ca. 1920
Overall: 72 x 90 1/2 in. ( 182.9 x 229.9 cm )
Patchwork quilt with white background and wedgwood blue squares and rectangles, checkerboard corners, and diamond quilting; "Burgoyne Surrounded" pattern.
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Gift of the Honorable Daniel Patrick Moynihan
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This quilt, made in upstate New York, is an abstract depiction of the battle of Saratoga, a turning point in the American Revolution. The chains of small squares represent regiments of Redcoats and British armies of Burgoyne, marching from Canada, and General Howe, marching from New York. The circle represents militiamen from New England, surrounding Burgoyne at Saratoga. This pattern and a related one, "Burgoyne's Surrender," have been popular since the 19th century.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group