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Untitled, In Honor of Eliza Hundley Curtis Tevis Coleman

Item

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Title

Untitled, In Honor of Eliza Hundley Curtis Tevis Coleman

Subject

Description

Hand-knitted and embroidered textile created in honor of Eliza Hundley Curtis Tevis Coleman.

Eliza Tevis was born into slavery ca. 1800, most likely in Virginia. In her early life she was enslaved by John and Thomas Hundley, who owned an estate in southeast Jefferson County. She was emancipated in 1833, and Thomas Hundley left her property, money, and household furnishings in his will. When she married Henry Tevis in 1843, instead of forfeiting her legal rights and possessions to her husband, she arranged a prenuptial agreement with her lawyer, James Guthrie.

Irene Mudd is a visual artist based in Louisville, Kentucky. Utilizing many different types of media, her work explores themes of women’s untold stories and how folklore and mythology interplay with this undocumented history. She originally created her knitted portraits for a Bachelor of Fine Arts show at the University of Louisville.

Creator

Source

Filson Museum Collection

Date

Identifier

2020.39.1

Citation

Irene Mudd, “Untitled, In Honor of Eliza Hundley Curtis Tevis Coleman,” The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects, accessed April 24, 2024, https://filsonhistorical.omeka.net/items/show/955.