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Tapestry

Object Number: 
1953.190
Date: 
1939
Medium: 
Wool, cotton, silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 197 x 229 in. ( 500.4 x 581.7 cm )
Marks: 
sewn: in right corner: "Jespers pinxit/Bracquenie texit" sewn: along bottom: "Belgian Settlers, Walloons and Flemings, Landed on Manhattan Island in 1623 and Founded New-York, which They called Novum Belgium" sewn: along left with figures: "Emanuel/Van
Description: 
Woven tapestry (cotton warp with wool and silk weft) depicting Belgian settlers landing on Manhattan Island in 1623.
Gallery Label: 
This tapestry was on display in the Hall of Honour in the Belgian Pavilion at the New York World's Fair in 1939. It was produced by the Brussels firm of Bracquenié from cartoons by the avant-garde painter Floris Jespers. The subject illustrates the first Belgian settlers arriving in New York in 1623.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Belgian Government through Foreign Minister Paul van Zeeland and New York City's 300 Anniversary Committee
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group