Helen Tomlinson: West Meets East

We are delighted to welcome Helen Tomlinson to the store to discuss her fascinating new book, West Meets East, a biography of the Asian art collector, Charles Freer.

About the Book:

When the railroad car manufacturer Charles Freer retired from business at age forty-five, he set out to create a world-class art collection that combined ancient Asian art and American paintings of his own Gilded Age. The extraordinary artworks he amassed formed the core of what became one of America's first national art museums"€"the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

This engrossing biography of Freer traces his journey from his humble childhood in rural New York to his industrial career in the rapidly growing Detroit of the 1880s. Drawing on Freer's diaries and letters, it describes his adventures around the world in search of art. He owned the largest collection of artworks by his feisty friend, James McNeill Whistler, whose love of Asian art inspired Freer to explore that field.

About the Author:

Helen Tomlinson grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and  graduated from Stanford University with a B. A. in History.  For 25 years she lived with her husband and three children in Cleveland, Ohio, where she earned a PhD in American History from Case Western Reserve University. Reflecting her focus on Cultural and Intellectual History, her dissertation, Charles Lang Freer, Pioneering Collector of Oriental Art, was the genesis of her new book. 

After teaching history at colleges in Cleveland and Dallas, she switched careers to financial management. For the next 25 years, she managed investments for individuals and foundations, retiring to San Diego, California, in 2007.

Her son Allan Tomlinson lives with his family in Winnetka.

Event date: 

Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
West Meets East Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781645430131
Availability: On Our Shelves Now....best to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Mascot Books - November 12th, 2019

When the railroad car manufacturer Charles Freer retired from business at age forty-five, he set out to create a world-class art collection that combined ancient Asian art and American paintings of his own Gilded Age. The extraordinary artworks he amassed formed the core of what became one of America's first national art museums"€"the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.