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Occasional Papers Series


For more than six decades, the Freer Occasional Papers Series has provided a forum for peer-reviewed scholarly works on a wide range of topics in Asian, ancient Near Eastern, Islamic, and American art. The format of the Occasional Papers varies according to subject and may include monographs, conference proceedings, multi-author treatments of material or theme, and studies in conservation and scientific research.

The original print editions of the volumes published before 2008 are available below as PDFs. We are working to revitalize many of these seminal studies by including additional images and other supplementary resources. The new special editions will be made accessible as they are finalized. Please check back here later in the year for a revised digital edition of Painters and Calligraphers: A Treatise by Qadi Ahmad featuring new color plates and bibliography updates.

NEW DIGITAL EDITION: James McNeill Whistler: A Biographical Outline Illustrated from the Collections of the Freer Gallery of Art


A 1950 paper on James McNeill Whistler was the Freer Gallery’s first publication devoted to the artist whom founder Charles Lang Freer admired above all others. Modest in its scholarly ambition, Burns A. Stubbs’s compilation of secondary sources detailing Whistler’s life and art nevertheless remains an important part of the museum’s institutional history. The volume affirms our foundational—and ongoing—commitment to a cosmopolitan, multicultural “story of the beautiful.”

Reviving Stubbs’s work for the present day, this new interactive digital edition features commentary by Lee Glazer, curator of American art, as well as an updated introduction and bibliography. We’ve also added images and links to resources that will expand your exploration of Freer’s personal favorite.

The Freer Occasional Papers Digital Repository

The Grand Empress Dowager Wên Ming and the Northern Wei Necropolis at Fang Shan

A.G. Wenley
vol. 1, no. 1, 1947
Paintings, Pastels, Drawings, Prints, and Copper Plates by and Attributed to American and European Artists, Together with a List of Original Whistleriana in the Freer Gallery of Art

Burns A. Stubbs
vol. 1, no. 2, 1948
The Unicorn

Richard Ettinghausen
vol. 1, no. 3, 1950
James McNeill Whistler: A Biographical Outline Illustrated from the Collections of the Freer Gallery of Art

Burns A. Stubbs
vol. 1, no. 4, 1950
A Royal Head from Ancient Egypt

Georg Steindorff
vol. 1, no. 5, 1951
Fourteenth-Century Blue-and-White: A Group of Chinese Porcelains in the Topkapu Sarayi Müzesi, Istanbul

John Alexander Pope
vol. 2, no. 1, 1952
Abstracts of Technical Studies in Art and Archaeology, 1943–1952

Rutherford J. Gettens and Bertha M. Usilton
vol. 2, no. 2, 1955
The Lohans and a Bridge to Heaven

Wen Fong
vol. 3, no. 1, 1958
Calligraphers and Painters: A Treatise by Qādī Ahmad, Son of Mir-Munshī, circa A.H. 1015/A.D. 1606

Translated by Vladimir Minorsky
vol. 3, no. 2, 1959
Li Ti

Richard Edwards
vol. 3, no. 3, 1967
Two Early Chinese Bronze Weapons with Meteoritic Iron Blades

Rutherford J. Gettens, Roy S. Clarke, and W. T. Chase
vol. 4, no. 1, 1971
Dara-Shikoh Shooting Nilgais: Hunt and Landscape in Mughal Painting

Ebba Koch
vol. 1, 1998
The Jesuits and the Grand Mogul: Renaissance Art at the Imperial Court of India, 1580–1630

Gauvin Alexander Bailey
vol. 2, 1998
A Freer Stela Reconsidered

Stanley K. Abe
vol. 3, 2002

Studies Using Scientific Methods: Pigments in Later Japanese Paintings

Elisabeth West FitzHugh, John Winter, and Marco Leona
New series, vol. 1, 2003
James McNeill Whistler in Context Essays from the Whistler Centenary Symposium, University of Glasgow, 2003

Lee Glazer, Margaret F. MacDonald, Linda Merrill, and Nigel Thorp, eds.
New series, vol. 2, 2008
Look of the Book cover The Look of the Book: Manuscript Production in Shiraz, 1303-1452

Elaine Wright
New Series, vol. 3, 2013

Tom Vick cover Time and Place Are Nonsense: The Films of Seijun Suzuki

Tom Vick
New Series, vol. 4, 2015

The museum will stay open until 7 pm on February 18 and 19. We are excited to reopen the Freer in October 2017, following a renovation to allow us to better present our art and serve our visitors. The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.