Freer Meets Matsuki Bunkyō

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Charles Lang Freer meets Matsuki Bunkyō (1867-1940), Japanese art dealer, for the first time at Matsuki's shop at 380 Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts. Matsuki supplies objects for Freer's early collections of Asian art and gives Freer first pick after his buying expeditions.


  • Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919
  • Matsuki, Bunkio 1867-1940
  • 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. 101.

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


Summer 1896


  • Art
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Art, Japanese
  • Art, Asian
  • Art objects
  • Art dealers


Boston (Mass.)

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