Cypress in Spring

Maker: Attributed to Anna Frances Simpson (1880–1930)

Date: ca. 1910–29

Geography: Made in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Embroidered silk on linen

Dimensions: 35 3/4 x 16 1/4 in. (90.8 x 41.3 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Purchase, Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation Gift, 2004

Accession Number: 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.