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Charles Lang Freer, by Unknown (Edward Steichen?), 1916, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 26873-A or MAH-26873A.

December 27, 1904

Industrialist and art collector Charles Lang Freer drafts a formal proposal to leave the nation his collection of Asian and Impressionist art.  He promises funds to help construct a suitable building.More

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