Overall: 54 x 35 1/4 in. ( 137.2 x 89.5 cm )
printed: along selvage: "Manhattan designed by Ruth Reeves"
Screen-printed green silk shantung with an all over design showing city scenes in black ink: the Aquarium, Statue of Liberty, telephone operators, ships entering the port, city streets, skyscrapers, etc.
Designed by Ruth Reeves (1892-1966), the textile "Manhattan" was part of a series commissioned by the W. & J. Sloane Company in 1930. The series was exhibited later that year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition, "Decorative Metal Work and Cotton Textiles." Reeves's designs ranged from the abstract to more realistic scenes of contemporary life and reflected her interest in the urban landscape of soaring skyscrapers, expansion bridges, and sophisticated citizens.
Gift of Mrs. Bella C. Landauer
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