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Textile, Trade Winds

This is a Textile. It was designed by John Hull and produced by Associated American Artists. It is dated 1952 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is cotton and its technique is printed. It is a part of the Textiles department.

John Hull’s Trade Winds, which appeared as part of the Chart Your Course series released in 1952 by Riverdale Fabrics, features ships, flags, fearsome fish, compass stars, faraway shorelines, and a blustery personification of wind. The design was produced in multiple colorways. This version’s ground is orange, while the other’s (5826.23.2016) is brown.
Betty Pepis singled out this design in the February 27, 1953 edition of The New York Times: “’Trade Winds’ by John Hull draws its inspiration from the boats and charts Columbus used to reach America.”

There are currently two examples of Hull’s work in the museum’s collection: a textile entitled Gay Façade (1994-38-8) and a wallcovering entitled Speckled Diamond (1954-21-9).

This object was donated by American Textile History Museum. It is credited American Textile History Museum Collection, gift of Linda Carpenter.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 97 × 119.4 cm (38 3/16 in. × 47 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Trade Winds; Designed by John Hull ; cotton; H x W: 97 × 119.4 cm (38 3/16 in. × 47 in.); American Textile History Museum Collection, gift of Linda Carpenter; 2016-35-26

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