Explore the Peacock Room and its history with images compiled by the Education Department at the Freer|Sackler. Trace the changes as the Peacock Room travels from London, to Detroit, and finally to Washington, DC! For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freer was so pleased with the way his ceramics looked in the Peacock Room that he hired George Swain, a local photographer, to take a series of pictures of the room in 1908. These images, now in the archives of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, formed the basis for the "Detroit" virtual tour and for the exhibition The Peacock Room Comes to America. http://peacockroom.wayne.edu/history-detroit
Despite the patina of grime and layers of discolored varnish—and despite the structural strain it endured in being taken apart and reassembled in London, Detroit, and Washington—the Peacock Room did not undergo significant conservation until the 1940s. John and Richard Finlayson, art restorers from Boston, dismantled the room and constructed an underlying framework for Whistler's decorations and Jeckyll's shelves. http://peacockroom.wayne.edu/history-washington
The West Wall displays iridescent Raqqa ware, named for the site in northern Syria where the ceramics originated. Viewed together, the shelves form a ceramic still life in various shades of turquoise. The West Wall displays iridescent Raqqa ware, named for the site in northern Syria where the ceramics originated. Viewed together, the shelves form a ceramic still life in various shades of turquoise. F1904.61