Freer Meets Siegfried Bing

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: Charles Lang Freer meets Siegfried Bing (1838-1905), dealer in East Asian art, in Paris, France, for the first time. Bing sells Freer three Japanese paintings, which Bing attributes to the famous artists Ogata Kenzan, Ogata Kōrin, and Tawaraya Sōtasu. Later scholars identify the scroll attributed to Kōrin as a nineteenth-century work, not that of Kōrin.


  • Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919
  • Bing, Siegfried 1838-1905
  • Ogata, Kenzan 1663-1743
  • Tawaraya, Sōtatsu active 1600-1640
  • 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. 114-116.

Contact information

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


July 1901


  • Art
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Scrolls
  • Artists
  • Art, Japanese
  • Art, Asian
  • Art dealers
  • Painting
  • Art objects


Paris (France)

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