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Hanging - Manhattan

Manhattan

  • Object:

    Hanging

  • Place of origin:

    New York, United States (made)

  • Date:

    1930 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ruth Reeves, born 1892 - died 1967 (designer)
    W. & J. Sloane (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed cotton voile

  • Credit Line:

    Given by W.&J. Sloane

  • Museum number:

    T.57-1932

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image in copyright

This printed cotton furnishing fabric was designed by Ruth Reeves (1892-1966) for W. & J. Sloane in 1930. Reeves trained with Fernand Léger (1881-1955) during the 1920s and was influenced by his Cubist paintings. She produced a wide range of printed and woven fabrics, mainly depicting modern life in America. Her most widely acknowledged commission was for the carpets in Radio City Music Hall in New York.

‘Manhattan’ shows the high-rise New York cityscape at the beginning of the 1930s It includes the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn bridge and the Statue of Liberty as well as automobiles, factories, trains and biplanes and people typing in offices, taking photographs and enjoying the nightlife.

Physical description

Design depicting the highrise cityscape of Manhattan at the beginning of the 1930s. Includes the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn bridge and the Statue of Liberty as well as automobiles, factories, trains and biplanes and people typing in offices, taking photographs and enjoying the nightlife.

Place of Origin

New York, United States (made)

Date

1930 (made)

Artist/maker

Ruth Reeves, born 1892 - died 1967 (designer)
W. & J. Sloane (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Printed cotton voile

Dimensions

Length: 254 cm, Width: 94 cm

Descriptive line

Printed cotton voile, American, 1930.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Samuels, Charlotte. Art Deco Textiles. London : V&A Publications, 2003. Plate 69.

Exhibition History

Permanent display (Victoria and Albert Museum 26/10/1992-21/08/2002)

Labels and date

Reeves studied in Brooklyn, New York , and with Fernand Léger in Paris. This design shows the influence of both. Symbols of modernity -transport, engineering, architecture and communications technology- are linked by Cubist-inspired compositional devices to create a romantic vision of Manhattan.

Materials

Cotton

Techniques

Printing

Categories

Household objects

Collection code

T&F

Qr_O67219
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