Gallery Talk: Peacock Room: Behind the Scenes
Gallery Talk: Peacock Room: Behind the Scenes
WhenFriday, July 12, 2019, 5:30 PM
CategoriesAfter Five, Gallery Talks & Tours
SponsorAsian Art Museum
VenueFreer Gallery of Art
Event LocationFreer gallery 12
Related ExhibitionThe Peacock Room in Blue and White

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Peacock Room, a masterpiece of aesthetic decoration, with Kerry Roeder, Luce Fellow for American Art. Before the Peacock Room became a work of art by James McNeill Whistler, it was the dining room in the London home of Frederick Leyland. Its shelves were designed to showcase the British shipping magnate’s collection of blue-and-white Chinese porcelain. Whistler completely redecorated the room in 1876 and 1877 as a “harmony in blue and gold.” This extravagant interior has been on permanent display since the Freer Gallery of Art opened in 1923 and is one of the most beloved artworks in the Smithsonian.

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