Textile, Big City, 1960s
Big City features a cubist cityscape that has a highly dimensional as well as decorative effect.
The textile was manufactured by Sanderson Fabrics. Arthur Sanderson & Sons was initially founded in 1860 as a manufacturer of wallpapers, but began producing textiles in 1921. In 1936, the firm changed its name to Sanderson Fabrics. They operated with a large in-house studio of designers. For their centenary in 1960, however, they commissioned designs from a large number of influential designers including John Piper, Gio Ponti, and Frank Lloyd Wright. This piece is a fusion of the optical effects popularized by Barbara Brown and the art deco revival, which reached its peak in 1969.
At the time of proposed acquisition, the museum’s collection holds a large number of Sanderson wallpapers and four textiles, most from the 1930s through the 1950s.
This object was
General Acquisitions Endowment.
It is credited
Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.
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Its dimensions are
H x W: 182.9 x 125.7 cm (72 x 49 1/2 in.)
It is inscribed
Big City A Quaintance Design by Sanderson (printed in selvedge)
Cite this object as
Textile, Big City, 1960s; England; cotton; H x W: 182.9 x 125.7 cm (72 x 49 1/2 in.); Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 2007-5-2