Home > Explore + Learn > American Art > Sylvan Sounds > Screens

Sylvan Sounds: Freer, Dewing, and Japan



Awed by his scenic surroundings in Japan, Freer wrote these three letters in the summer of 1895 from the beautiful locations of Takaoka, Atami, and Amo-no Hishidate. He apparently was inspired to experiment with the traditional Japanese technique of using brush and ink to correspond with Frank Hecker, his business partner, and the artist Dwight Tryon. Click on each one to see the full scroll; click again to zoom in and move through the text. Transcriptions of letters follow Freer's original spelling and punctuation.


The Freer|Sackler is currently closed for renovations, updates, and gallery reinstallation. The popular exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan is still on view in the International Gallery. (Enter through the Ripley Center.) Please join us for our weekend-long reopening celebration on October 14 and 15, 2017.