Benjamin Harrison stevengraph   Save
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Description: Stevengraph portrait of U.S. President Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901). This item was sold for only a short period and is consequently very rare. Weaver Thomas Stevens of Coventry, England, invented the woven-silk pictures, which he called “stevengraphs.” His company first produced woven-silk bookmarks in 1862. Coventry, England, was the heart of a ribbon-weaving industry during the mid-19th century. Stevengraphs were made using a jacquard loom in which mechanically operated devices wove intricate, three-dimensional patterns in silk. The design was actually part of the fabric, not a painted or dyed image. This ribbon features a bust of Benjamin Harrison, a shield and flags with the Stars and Stripes, and a reproduction of Harrison's signature. A fringe runs along the bottom border. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL05912
Subjects: Stevengraph pure silk woven pictures; Jacquard weaving; Stevens, Thomas, 1828-1888; Decorative arts
Places: Coventry (England)