Freer Purchases Whistler's Peacock Room

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In 1902, while spending the summer in England building his Whistler collection, Charles Lang Freer viewed James Whistler's Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room. In 1904 he purchases the room.


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


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution. The Whistler Peacock Room. Washington, D.C., 1951, p. 11.

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


May 16, 1904


  • Art
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • History
  • Art--History

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