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Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

A work made of cotton and silk, weft-float-faced twill weave; fulled; indigo discharge dyeing.

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  • A work made of cotton and silk, weft-float-faced twill weave; fulled; indigo discharge dyeing.

Date:

1930

Artist:

Edith B. Murphy (American, b. around 1888, active 1930s)
La Grange, Illinois, United States

About this artwork

This fantastical hanging envisions elements of writer Eugene Field’s poem “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” in which three sailors set sail in a wooden shoe “on a river of crystal light, / Into a sea of dew.” They cast their “nets of silver and gold” into the “twinkling foam” to catch herring fish while the “old moon laughed and sang.” Here, artist Edith Murphy emphasized the twinkling sensibility of the poem through the angled motifs that border the moonlit sea and suggest stars arching through the night sky and reflecting on the water’s surface.

Murphy made this work for her student and friend Nadine Newbill Jenner. As a small child, Jenner had a difficult time pronouncing her name, which came out as “Noddie,” and her father subsequently nicknamed her “Nod.”

Status

On View, Gallery 272

Department

Textiles

Artist

Edith B. Murphy

Title

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

Place

United States (Object made in)

Date

Made 1930

Medium

Cotton and silk, weft-float-faced twill weave; fulled; indigo discharge dyeing

Inscriptions

Inscribed: Wynken / Blynken / and Nod

Dimensions

110.9 × 94.6 cm (43 5/8 × 37 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Cynthia Lee Jenner in honor of her mother, Nadine Newbill Jenner

Reference Number

2010.451

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