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Textile, Americana Print: Manhattan, 1925

This is a textile. It was designed by Clayton Knight and manufactured by Stehli Silk Corporation. It is dated 1925 and we acquired it in 1937. Its medium is silk and its technique is printed by engraved roller on plain weave with over-spun weft. It is a part of the Textiles department.

In 1925, to challenge French dominance in textile design, Stehli Silk commissioned American artists and illustrators to create distinctly American, modern designs for its Americana Prints Collection. Clayton Knight’s Manhattan uses geometric forms to create a stylized rendition of New York City’s skyscrapers.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Silk and the City.

This object was donated by Marian Hague and catalogued by Gillian Moss. It is credited Gift of Marian Hague.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 71.1 × 52 cm (28 × 20 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Americana Print: Manhattan, 1925; Designed by Clayton Knight (American, 1891 - 1969); USA; silk; H x W x D: 71.1 × 52 cm (28 × 20 1/2 in.); Gift of Marian Hague; 1937-1-4

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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