The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Whenever 19th-century American art is discussed, certain names come
immediately to mind: Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, George Inness, and Winslow
Homer. But at the same time there were other artists at work, sometimes alone,
sometimes in neighborly groups. Most often women, it was they who were adding
beauty to the utilitarian objects of daily life, exercising a creative faculty
and artistic skill whose influence remains even today. Of all artists, they
are the most prolific. Their name is Anonymous. Their handiwork is the DNA
of American culture.
Quilt. JAMA. 2004;292(19):2313. doi:10.1001/jama.292.19.2313