An embroidered quilt by Herbert Bellamy and Charlotte Alice Springall during their engagement. On the quilt they depicted various symbols and images relating to their lives. In essence it is a textile scap book that gives a brief snapshot of the tastes and interests of a family. The motifs include household goods; vases, stoves etc; buildings; animals; a musical score (Auld Lang Syne); their initials can be seen on one of the panels. In the centre of the panel is an image of the cartoon character Ally Sloper. Ally Sloper's Half Holiday was a British comic, first published on 3 May 1884. Star Ally Sloper, a blustery, lazy schemer often found "sloping" through alleys to avoid his landlord and other creditors, was a household name and national favourite during this period.


  • Title: Bedcover
  • Creator: Herbert Bellamy and Charlotte Alice Springall
  • Date: 1891/1891
  • Location Created: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
  • Makers: Herbert Bellamy and Charlotte Alice Springall
  • Display Type: Reserve Collections
  • Type: Bedcover
  • Medium: Velvet

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