Freer Gallery of Art

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Gives a brief biography of Charles L. Freer, businessman and collector of art, who formally presented his collections to the Smithsonian in 1906. A building was designed in the style of the Florentine Renaissance by Charles A. Platt for the Freer Gallery of Art. Includes a description of Freer collections of both Eastern and Western art. His Western art includes such well-known American artists as James McNeill Whistler, Winslow Homer, and Childe Hassam. Freer's Eastern collection includes a large number of Chinese and Japanese paintings as well as objects from Persia, West Asia, East India, and Dynastic Egypt.


  • Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919
  • Platt, Charles A (Charles Adams) 1861-1933
  • Freer Gallery of Art


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




  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Art, Oriental
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • History
  • National Collections
  • Art--History
  • Art objects
  • Biography
  • Buildings

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