Embroidered wall hanging, 1910–29
Design attributed to Anna Frances Simpson (American, 1880–1930)
Newcomb College, New Orleans, Louisiana
Silk on linen; 35 3/4 x 16 1/2 in. (90.8 x 41.3 cm)
Purchase, Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation Gift, 2004 (2004.334)
Although better known for art pottery, Newcomb College also initiated a program in textiles. Using the same design vocabulary as pottery, similar motifs may be found on textiles. This wall hanging, likely designed by Anna Frances Simpson, is composed of a coarsely woven linen background with silk thread in a darning stitch. A cypress tree arranged in a japanesque composition is draped with swags of Spanish moss. Barely visible is the off-center full moon, reminiscent of Arthur Wesley Dow's Ipswich prints.