Frame for Homer’s Early Evening

Historical period(s)
Gilded wood
H x W x D: 116.6 x 132.7 x 11.8 cm (45 7/8 x 52 1/4 x 4 5/8 in)
United States, New York
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


flower, United States

To 1908
M. Knoedler & Co., New York, NY, to 1908 [1]

From 1908 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from M. Knoedler & Co. in 1908 [2]

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


[1] According to Curatorial Remark 1, Linda Merrill, December 18, 1989, as well as Curatorial Remark 2, Linda Merrill, July 24, 1995, in the object record, this frame was ordered by Winslow Homer, for his "Early Evening," from M. Knoedler & Co., New York, on November 18, 1907. However, as the frame was not finished when Charles Lang Freer purchased "Early Evening," the painting was purchased with a different frame. Homer then wrote Freer, advising him to exchange the painting's frame (which he thought too narrow) for the one on order. Freer did so, and thus received this frame [F1908.14b] from Knoedler & Co. by November 10, 1908. See also, correspondence, Freer to Winslow Homer, November 2, 1908, and Freer to Knoedler and Co., November 2, 1908, as well as Freer to Daniel H. Farr, 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)

M. Knoedler & Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Collection Area(s)
American Art
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