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The Doorway

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.385
State: 7/20

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance: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:312 x 224 mm  
Plate mark size:290 x 202 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:This is 'modern' laid (post 1800) paper  
Medium:etching, drypoint and roulette  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:some tone near the plate edges at left and right an on the wate of the foreground  
Note on foul biting:granular foul biting over the top of the arched windows; the vice mark and acid droplets, visible in the second state, have been removed  
Print note:  


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:butterfly 'imp'  
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:Pencil butterfly of 1880.1881. It appears that two different hands were used for the signature: one for the outlines of the butterfly and 'imp', and another for the shading on the butterfly (or it was added later)  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W154 The Doorway' at lower right on the verso by C.L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.