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Charles Lang Freer: An American Aesthete in the Gilded Era

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Discusses Freer's collection of American paintings and his friendships with the artists who produced them, and how they helped shape his aesthetic sensibilities and his appreciation of Asian art. Also mentions indirect influence on William T. Evans, who also donated his collection to the Smithsonian.


  • Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919
  • Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903
  • Tryon, Dwight William 1849-1925
  • Thayer, Abbott Handerson 1849-1921
  • Dewing, Thomas Wilmer
  • Church, Frederick Stuart
  • Evans, William T. 1843-1918
  • Freer Gallery of Art


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

American Art Journal Vol. vol. 2 (Journal)

Contact information

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


October 1979


  • Benefactors
  • Gifts
  • Biography

Physical description

pp. 54-68

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