"Americana Print: Manhattan"

Designer Clayton Knight American
Manufacturer Stehli Silks Corporation American

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This textile was produced as part of Stehli Silk’s Americana Prints collection, which was manufactured from 1925 to 1927. The company commissioned designs that captured a distinctly modern America from artists, illustrators, and cartoonists. Knight’s Manhattan was by far the most successful of this series. On November 1, 1925, the New York Times described the textile as "so modern that it suggests a view of all our skyscrapers piled up together, seen from an elevated train rounding a sharp curve." The pattern’s strong diagonals evoke floodlights reflecting off glass skyscrapers and reference Knight’s background as an aviation artist.

"Americana Print: Manhattan", Clayton Knight (American, Rochester, New York 1891–1969 Danbury, Connecticut), Printed silk

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