From at least 1906 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from the artist by at least 1906 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Whistler List, Lithographs, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Regarding the purchase details for this object, a note in the Accession File, Collections Management office, states only: "From Mr. Whistler." Also, according to Curatorial Remark 2, G.D.G., 1921, in the object record: "No record existing of the time of purchase, the print was given a registration number for 1906, the year of the printed Inventory."
 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.
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
James McNeill Whistler (C.L. Freer source) 1834-1903
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
In this lithograph Beatrix Whistler, the artist's wife, prunes flowers in the garden at 110 rue du Bac, the high casement windows of the parlor behind her. The garden was the main feature of the house, and many of Whistler's most charming lithographs show members of his circle in it. The house was located in an out-of-the-way section of an upscale neighborhood, near the Seine and the Bon Marché department store and ten minutes' walk from the Louvre. In order to reach the house, guests passed under a high arch between shops, proceeding through a covered tunnel and then between high walls until they came to a bright courtyard. Only after entering the house would they discover the secret garden, visible through the parlor windows.
- Published References
- With Kindest Regards: The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler 1890-1903. Washington. p. 92, fig. 24.
- The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler. 2 vol., Chicago and New York, 1998. pp. 438-443.
- Collection Area(s)
- American Art
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