Burgoyne Surrounded

Object Number: 
2001.305
Date: 
ca. 1920
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 72 x 90 1/2 in. ( 182.9 x 229.9 cm )
Description: 
Patchwork quilt with white background and wedgwood blue squares and rectangles, checkerboard corners, and diamond quilting; "Burgoyne Surrounded" pattern.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Honorable Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group