Peacock in the Courtyard of Freer Gallery of Art

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During the summer starting in 1923, one of the three peacocks loaned by the National Zoo is in the courtyard of the Freer Gallery of Art.


  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


On May 1, 1923, the Freer Gallery of Art opened with a private viewing for President Warren G. Harding, Mrs. Florence Kling Harding, the Smithsonian Regents and various cabinet members. In addition to the art exhibits, the courtyard became home to three peacocks. The peacocks, donated by the National Zoological Park, resemble the decorative images in James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room. The peacocks moved back to the Zoo in the winter for safekeeping and returned to the Freer in the spring. The peacocks remained fixtures in the Freer courtyard in the 1920s.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 02-082, Box 1, Folder: Photographs, Peacocks

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


circa 1923

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  • Courtyards
  • Animals
  • Peafowl
  • Birds


  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

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Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Sepia; Size: 8w x 6h; Type of Image: Animal; Medium: Photographic print

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