Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #8989
Washington, D.C. and New Haven: Freer Gallery of Art and Yale University Press, 1998. First Edition. Quarto (32x26x3cm); 406pp, including appendix, bibliography, and index. Some 300+ photographic and documentary images in color and B&W.
Dust jacket reproduces in wraparound a detail of the gilded sideboard in the Peacock Room. Binding in navy cloth with gilt spine stamping. Both dust jacket and volume are Near Fine. Textblock unmarred and unmarked.
Note that this first edition shows, on the rear of the dust jacket, an incorrect ISBN as erroneously printed. The correct ISBN, given in this listing, is on the copyright page.
The Peacock Room was planned originally by Thomas Jeckyll for the home of Frederick Richards Leyland (1831-1892) in Kensington, London. Whistler completed its decoration there in 1877. It was transported to Detroit and rebuilt there by its purchaser, rail tycoon Charles Freer, in 1904; and finally transported to Washington, D.C. in 1919, where it spread its fantail to the public in 1923, and where its adornments are dusted faithfully by the caretakers of the Freer Gallery of Art at the Smithsonian. This volume—a "biography" of the room—covers everything it did and saw, and everyone it met, along its way.