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New York Harbor

Artist
Lillian Glaser, American, 1888–1931
Date
1928
Material
Wool and linen
Depicts
New York, New York, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Coverings & hangings, textiles
Current Location
On View, Gallery 132
Dimensions
60 1/4 x 27 5/8 in. (153.0 x 70.2 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of St. Louis Weavers' Guild
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
141:1952
NOTES
Symbols of modernity—ocean liners, airplanes, and skyscrapers—intermingle with old-fashioned sailboats and bridges in this stylized view of New York Harbor from 1928. Lillian Glaser, a native of Belleville, Illinois, wove this pictorial textile on a handloom, a slow and technically complex process. Glaser taught weaving at Washington University in St. Louis and was a founding member of the city’s Weavers’ Guild. She likely envisioned the design for this wall hanging on a 1925–26 leave of absence to pursue her artistic education in New York.
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