From 1893 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from the artist, Dwight William Tryon on April 12, 1893 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Voucher No. 22, April 1893, Box 2, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Curatorial Remarks, S. Hobbs, 1978: One of a series of four canvases based on the seasons, the painting was commissioned for Freer's new home in Detroit which was built in 1892-1893.
 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)
Dwight William Tryon (C.L. Freer source) 1849-1925
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
In 1891, Tryon offered to paint a picture or two for the house Charles Lang Freer was building in Detroit "a dream of Beauty," as it was described, "inside and out." Freer readily accepted Tryon's offer, and before long the commission had grown to include five landscapes for the main hall: Summer, Autumn (F1893.16), Winter (F1893.17), Springtime (F1893.14) and Dawn (F1906.86). In these "decorations," as Tryon called these paintings, the artist attempted to maintain the classic "purity" of the interior design by keeping a consistent horizon in every scene. Although some of the paintings were occasionally exhibited separately, Freer and Tryon always regarded them as an "ensemble."
- Published References
- Charles Henry Caffin. The Art of Dwight W. Tryon, an Appreciation. New York, 1909. p. 71.
- Susan Hobbs. A Connoisseur's Vision of America: The American Collection of Charles Lang Freer., August 1977. p. 84.
- Linda Merrill. An Ideal Country: Paintings by Dwight William Tryon in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and Hanover and London, 1990. cat. 9, pp. 112-117.
- Thomas W. Brunk. The House that Freer Built. no. 3, Spring 1981. p. 156.
- Collection Area(s)
- American Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum