This is a Sidewall. It was designed by Dorothy Brodhead and made by D. Lorraine Yerkes. It is dated 1938–40 and we acquired it in 1940. Its medium is screen-printed paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.
The simple line drawing of the buffalo and rain cloud motifs, along with the stepped repetition, illustrates streamlining and accentuates the leaping motion of the buffalo. Yerkes was an early proponent of screen printing wallpaper, begun commercially in 1938, which permitted larger pattern repeats than machine roller printing and more dense opaque colors.
This object was
D. Lorraine Yerkes.
It is credited
Gift of D. Lorraine Yerkes.
Its dimensions are
83 x 74 cm (32 11/16 x 29 1/8 in.)
It is inscribed
Printed in left selvedge: "Buffalo" Designed by Dorothy Brodhead for D. Lorraine Yerkes Chicago.
Cite this object as
Sidewall, Buffalo; Designed by Dorothy Brodhead ; USA; screen-printed paper; 83 x 74 cm (32 11/16 x 29 1/8 in.); Gift of D. Lorraine Yerkes; 1940-117-27
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.