Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer, and Venice

In 1887, museum founder Charles Lang Freer purchased the entire Second Venice Set, comprising 26 atmospheric etchings by James McNeill Whistler. This precipitous act marked the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership between collector and artist, which eventually led to the founding of the Freer Gallery, today the world’s largest and finest repository of Whistler’s works. Fine Impressions shows how Freer’s acquisition of the Second Venice Set came to shape his legacy as a connoisseur and collector.