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Souvenir Ribbon Portrait, The Torn Hat (1820) by Thomas Sully (1783-1872)

This is a Souvenir ribbon portrait. It was manufactured by Warner-Artex. It is dated 1969 and we acquired it in 1978. Its medium is silk and its technique is jacquard woven. It is a part of the Textiles department.

In 1978, Cooper Hewitt received a gift of twenty-two jacquard woven souvenir portrait ribbons from Lisa Taylor, the museum’s director at the time. The series was produced by the Warner Woven Label Company, Inc. of Paterson, New Jersey, which every year made a single souvenir ribbon based on a famous master portrait painting in Western art. The series likely started in the 1950s for an intended audience of Warner clients. The ribbon for 1969 was the portrait The Torn Hat (1820) by Thomas Sully (American, b. England, 1783–1872). The initials "H.H." in the lower-right corner stand for Howard Huffsschmidt, one of Warner’s textile designers. Undoubtedly, the series gave the label and ribbon manufacturer an opportunity to demonstrate its technical prowess by producing a highly-detailed woven portrait in a small format – a rectangle approximately three by four inches. The Warner Woven Label Company changed its name to Warner-Artex, Inc. in the late 1970s.

It is credited Gift of Lisa Taylor.

  • Cap (Egypt)
  • untwisted silk, gilded parchment; z-spun linen lining.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Anonymous Donor.
  • 1949-64-7

Its dimensions are

H x W: 10.6 × 7 cm (4 3/16 × 2 3/4 in.)

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Souvenir Ribbon Portrait, The Torn Hat (1820) by Thomas Sully (1783-1872); Manufactured by Warner-Artex; USA; silk; H x W: 10.6 × 7 cm (4 3/16 × 2 3/4 in.); Gift of Lisa Taylor; 1978-175-16

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