The Fitzroy Quilt Lens Cloth
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This microfibre lens cleaning cloth features a sample of Lady Mary Fitzroy’s (1780-1847) unfinished hexagon mosaic patchwork quilt.
Lens cloth measures 14 cmx 17 cm. Presented on a red backing card in a clear bag with description of the quilt on the reverse.
About the quilt: The original quilt is pieced together from printed cottons and plain coloured silk in a honeycomb pattern. It exists in its unfinished state without backing material the paper templates are clearly visible.
Lady Mary was the daughter of the Duke of Richmond and arrived in the colony in August 1846 as the wife of Governor Sir Charles Fitzroy.
Lady Mary’s needlework came to an abrupt end with her death in Parramatta in 1847. As the newspapers reported at the time: “His Excellency and Lady Fitzroy were about to visit Sydney. The horses being fresh ran away the moment their heads were let go…the carriage was dashed to pieces and Lady Fitzroy [was] so much injured she died almost immediately…” A memorial obelisk was erected at the site of her death in 1888.
The unfinished quilt, loose pieces and her workbag were gifted to the National Trust (NSW) by the maker’s great, great, grand-daughter, Yvonne Perceval in 1998.