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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.

We are excited to reopen the Freer on October 7, 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.