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Textile, Big City

This is a Textile. It is dated 1960s and we acquired it in 2007. Its medium is cotton and its technique is screen printed on plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

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.

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; 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

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