"The Peacock Room Comes to America" Exhibit Opens

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  • "The Peacock Room Comes to America" opens at the Freer Gallery of Art. The exhibit highlights the room's restoration back to its 1908 appearance, when Charles Lang Freer used it to display over 250 Asian ceramics. The exhibit highlights the points of contact between American and Asian Art and will be on display until the Spring of 2013.
  • The Peacock Room was once the dining room in the London home of Frederick R. Leyland, a wealthy ship owner from Liverpool, England. It was originally designed by a gifted interior architect Thomas Jeckyll. In 1876, James McNeill Whistler redecorated the room to be a "harmony in blue and gold." The room was purchased by Charles Lang Freer in 1904 and brought to America.


  • Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919
  • Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Freer Gallery of Art Peacock Room
  • Charles Lang Freer Collection


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Website, Exhibitions, "The Peacock Room Comes to America," April 6, 2011. http://www.si.edu/Exhibitions/Details/The-Peacock-Room-Comes-to-America-4673

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


April 9, 2011


  • Art
  • Art, American
  • Art, Oriental
  • Exhibit openings
  • Exhibitions
  • Museums
  • Art, Asian
  • Museum exhibits
  • Art--Exhibitions

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