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The Doorway

Art Institute of Chicago
Accession no: 1938.1878
State: 9/20

Collection credit:The Clarence Buckingham Collection  
Image credit:Photo © The Art Institute of Chicago  
Provenance:Clarence L. Buckingham (1854-1913), Chicago; bequeathed to his sisters; passed to the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, Clarence Buckingham Collection, 1938.  
Additional acq. no:R 5750  


Paper size:302 x 205 mm  
Plate mark size:290 x 202 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching, drypoint and roulette  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:heavy plate tone at the lower portion of the image  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:Medium: more pronounced tonal medium (possibly lavis or softground) added over the grill of the window at right, beneath it and on the door and its frame at the right; there is evidence of stopping-out around the lattice of the grill-work; roulette work visible beneath the heavy plate tone on the lower portion of image; the series of scratches (vise mark) visible at lower centre in 1934.578 removed; possibly strengthened tonal medium over much of the area within the doorway?  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:no  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:n/a  
Dealers' stock nos:n/a  
Misc inscriptions by others:n/a  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.