Freer Purchases Hanna Collection

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Charles Lang Freer purchases a collection of 130 Indian paintings and manuscripts from Colonel Henry Bathhurst Hanna (1839-1914), who collected them while serving in the British Army in India. Freer pays £3100 (about $15,000 at the time) for the collection, which includes Mughal art from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as well as later works. The purchase represents one of Freer's first major acquisitions of Indian art.


  • Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919
  • Hanna, Colonel H. B


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. 122-128.

Contact information

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


October 1907


  • Art
  • British Army
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Manuscripts
  • Art, Asian
  • Indian art
  • Painting



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