Peacock Room Moved to Washington

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Charles Lang Freer purchased James McNeill Whistler's "Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room" in 1904 and had it installed in his home in Detroit the following year. In 1919, the room is removed from Freer's home and erected in the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.


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


Chronology of Smithsonian History


The Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution. The Whistler Peacock Room. Baltimore, MD: The Lord Baltimore Press, 1951., p. 14.

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