Drying Sails

Artist: John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902)
Historical period(s)
ca. 1900
Oil on canvas
H x W: 63.7 x 50.9 cm (25 1/16 x 20 1/16 in)
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Oil painting

boat, United States, water

To 1902
John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902), London, to 1902 [1]

From 1903 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased at the Twachtman Collection sale, American Art Association, March 24, 1903 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Voucher no. 13, April 1903, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Although Charles Lang Freer won this painting in a drawing at the sale, he chose to pay for the painting (see Curatorial Remark 1 and Provenance Remark 1 in the object record, as well as correspondence, Freer to Dewing, dated April 7, 1903, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives).

[2] See note 1.

[3] 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)

John Henry Twachtman (C.L. Freer source) 1853-1902
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Published References
  • Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Paintings and Pastels by the late John H. Twachtman. Exh. cat. Buffalo, March 11 - April 2, 1913. cat. 24.
  • Burns A. Stubbs. 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. vol. 1, no. 2, 2nd ed. Washington, 1967. pl. 17.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
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