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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.


As renovation work continues in the Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery also will close on July 10, 2017. This museum-wide closure will allow us to completely reinstall our exhibitions and revitalize features to improve your visit. Both spaces will reopen on October 14, 2017, when we will welcome the public back to the Freer|Sackler: two galleries, one destination. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.