In the summer of 2010, Drayton Hall’s Preservation Department completed photographic documentation of the museum collection with the help of interns Peter Finnerty, Claire Sheilds, and Courtney Devoe. Many of the objects in the collection had never been photographed before, including a rare 19th century mosaic quilt. Interestingly enough, once
the quilt was turned over to photograph its underside, we discovered manuscript sections in the form of paper templates used to hand piece and provide support for the textile (see image). Given the sensitive nature of both the textile and manuscripts used to construct the quilt, conservation techniques are being evaluated to ensure the long-term survival of this rare treasure.
For questions about Drayton Hall’s collection, please contact Joyce Keegan @ firstname.lastname@example.org.