Mural Detail, The World of Radio, 1934
This is a Mural detail. It was designed by Arthur Gordon Smith and made for Mrs. Nadea Dragonette Loftus and Jessica Dragonette. It is dated 1934. Its medium is cotton and its technique is wax resist dyeing (batik) on plain weave.
In 1929, Admiral Richard Byrd established exploration bases at the South Pole. NBC hosted biweekly programs for Byrd and his men, and Dragonette sang for one in 1929. A banner next to Byrd reads, “Broadcasting to Byrd at the South Pole.” Arthur Gordon Smith, Canadian artist and creator of The World of Radio, appears to the left with his palette, brushes, and paints.
It is credited
Gift of Nicholas Meredith Turner in memory of Jessica Dragonette.
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