Freer Meets Whistler in London

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Charles Lang Freer meets artist James McNeill Whistler for the first time at Whistler's house on Tite Street in London, England. Freer asks Whistler to provide him with early impressions of his etchings. After this meeting, Freer becomes a friend of Whistler and a major collector of his work.


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


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • In 1906 Charles Lang Freer donates his art collection to the Smithsonian Institution, and it later becomes the Freer Gallery of Art.
  • Lawton, Thomas and Linda Merrill. Freer: A Legacy of Art. Washington, D.C.: Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution in association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1993, p. 31.

Contact information

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


March 1890


  • Graphic arts
  • Art
  • Prints and Drawings
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Art--American


London, England

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