The Princess from the Land of Porcelain (La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine)

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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

  • Geography

    United States
  • Material

    Oil on canvas
  • Dimension

    H x W (painting): 201.5 x 116.1 cm (79 5/16 x 45 11/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
  • Description

    Standing figure of a woman in a kimono, holding a fan.
  • Signatures

    Signature: Whistler 1864, at upper left corner
  • Provenance

    Dante Gabriel Rossetti's (1828-1882) studio, London [1]
    Unidentified collector, purchased from Dante Gabriel Rossetti's studio [2]
    From at least 1872 to 1892
    Frederick Richards Leyland (1831-1892), London, purchased from the estate of the unidentified collector, from at least 1872 [3]
    From 1892
    Alexander Reid (1854-1928), Glasgow, purchased at auction, Christie's, London, May 28, 1892, no. 39 [4]
    From ca. 1894-1895 to 1903
    Sir William Burrell (1861-1958), Glasgow, purchased from Alexander Reid ca. 1894-1895 [5]
    From 1903 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Sir William Burrell in 1903 [6]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [7]
    [1] See Curatorial Remark 5, Susan Hobbs, 1977, and Curatorial Remark 11, Lee Glazer, May 25, 2010, in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1.
    [4] See note 1.
    [5] See Original Whistler List, Paintings, page 10, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [6] Purchased by C.L. Freer on August 20, 1903, as the "The Princess of Porcelain," see notes 1 and 5.
    [7] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Peacock Room Comes to America [2022] (September 3, 2022 - ongoing)
    The Peacock Room Revealed (January 29 to April 15, 2019)
    The Peacock Room in Blue and White (May 18, 2019 to June 1, 2022)
    The Peacock Room Comes to America [2017-2019] (October 14, 2017 to January 2, 2019)
    The Lost Symphony: Whistler & the Perfection of Art (January 16 to May 30, 2016)
    Chinamania (2016) (July 9, 2016 to June 4, 2017)
    The Peacock Room Comes to America [2011-2016] (April 9, 2011 to January 4, 2016)
    The Peacock Room (May 2, 1923 to February 21, 2011)
    Exposition des Oeuvres de James McNeill Whistler (May 1905)
    Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler (February 23 to March 22, 1904)
    The Seventy-Seventh Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture (1903)
    Glasgow International Exhibition (May 2 to November 4, 1901)
    Second Exhibition of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers (May to July, 1899)
    Third International Exhibition of the City of Venice (1899)
    Untitled exhibition, Institute of Fine Arts, Glasgow (1896)
    World's Columbian Exposition (May 1 to October 30, 1893)
    Second Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London (1892)
    Second Annual Exhibition of Modern Pictures, Royal Pavillion Gallery, Brighton (1875)
    International Exhibition, South Kensington, London (1872)
    London International Exhibition, 1872 (May 1 to October 19, 1872)
    Twelfth Annual Exhibition of Pictures by Artists of the French and Flemish Schools (April 1865 to December 1866)
    The Salon, 1865 (1865)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Studio (1828-1882)
    Frederick Richards Leyland (1831-1892)
    Alexander Reid (1854-1928)
    Sir William Burrell (1861-1958) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    United States
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

  • On View

    Freer Gallery 12: The Peacock Room Comes to America
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