Information Packed Image

Many of us love Pinterest for daily eye-candy and possible inspiration boost. Well, today this image came rolling onto my screen. It instantly caught my attention because it is so full of information.

This is the “Quilting Frolic” by John Lewis Krimmel (1813)

I just had to share it with you. immediately, before even diving into what I see.

Luckily, there is a very nice blog post already out there Looking at the “Quilting Frolic”

At the Athenaeum, we also see his works: “The Blind Fiddler” (1812), “Blind Man’s Bluff” (1814), “Village Tavern” and “Country Wedding” showing interiors.

Published in: on January 21, 2014 at 4:00 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. This post is impeccable timing! For two years now I’ve participated in an art event called Art Alive, which brings paintings to life using costumes, props, etc. Right now I’m on a desperate hunt for Regency era (1800-1820) paintings that show more “everyday life” as opposed to posed portraits to use for my Art Alive tableau. Do you know of any more paintings or artists from the period like this? Anything that depicts the middle to working class would be great, only a single woman in the painting would be even better. Thanks for your help! I’ve learned so much from reading your blog and I love Fanciful Utility!

    -The Farming Daughter

  2. Don’t you love good timing? This era is newer for me than the mid-century. I’d suggest hoping over the The Athenaeum ( and browse by date. You’ll get a lengthy list of works with thumbnails you can click on. Maybe some of the tavern images will work for having only one woman.
    I am glad you enjoy my blog and Fanciful Utility. Thank you.

  3. Such great detail in this painting. Tells a story that I keep looking and looking to figure it out. Love the objects on the floor in the front. Lots of questions come to mind. Were the ladies quilting and then the gents arrived with musical instruments and turned in into a festive time? Thanks for posting this. I will certainly check out the Athenaeum.

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