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The Doorway

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.384
State: 3/20

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Listed by E. G. Kennedy, 1910 as having been owned by Frederick Keppel (1845-1912), New York. Bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co., (receipt, 9 November 1898), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1898; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:315 x 224 mm  
Plate mark size:292 x 201 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:uneven tone onther façade and water; dark spots on the shadows within the doorway appear to be inking rather than drypoint burr; with an inky plate mark at left and right  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks; acid droplets at left; a vice mark a lower centre  
Print note:This appears to be the impression of the second state illustrated in Kennedy  


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:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W154 The Doorway - Trial Proof.' at lower centre on the recto by C.L. Freer; 'W.154' at lower left on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.