Drawing, Textile Design: The Enchanted Isle of Beautiful Sounds, ca. 1923
Crisp’s richly colored painting is a study for one of a set of three tapestries meant to adorn the walls of a music room. The resulting tapestries, made of silk batik and measuring over eleven by nine feet in size, never made it into the client’s home because of financial issues. Crisp’s use of color-saturated gouache and Persian elements evoke otherworldly luxury which would have been magnified by the scale of the tapestries.
It is credited
Gift of Hon. Arthur Crisp.
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Its dimensions are
H x W: 35.2 × 45.4 cm (13 7/8 × 17 7/8 in.) H x W (Sheet): 36.2 × 47.6 cm (14 1/4 × 18 3/4 in.) H x W (Mat): 55.9 × 71.1 cm (22 × 28 in.)
It is signed
Signed, lower right: CRISP
It is inscribed
Inscribed in graphite, left margin: Friday 10 AM Thursday Crisp Mount .... [illegible]
Cite this object as
Drawing, Textile Design: The Enchanted Isle of Beautiful Sounds, ca. 1923; France; brush and gouache, graphite on brown wove paper; H x W: 35.2 × 45.4 cm (13 7/8 × 17 7/8 in.) H x W (Sheet): 36.2 × 47.6 cm (14 1/4 × 18 3/4 in.) H x W (Mat): 55.9 × 71.1 cm (22 × 28 in.); Gift of Hon. Arthur Crisp; 1971-96-1
Arthur Crisp’s textile drawing The Enchanted Isle of Musical Sounds reminds me of early jazz in New York City in the 1920s—evocative, exotic, fresh, energizing, and at times mysterious. “The...
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.