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The Doorway

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.181
State: 5/20

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson, London (ca 1829 - d. 1891). Bought from Thomas Way (1837-1915), London, by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1905; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:372 x 276 mm  
Plate mark size:290 x 202 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:buff  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):heavy wove  
Note on the paper:The paper colour is ivory discoloured to buff; it is like light card in weight  
Medium:etching, drypoint and roulette  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:With some plate tone, heavier along the top plate edge, on the right side of the image and on the water.  
Note on foul biting:Granular foul biting over the top of the arched windows; there are curved wiping scratches on the plate near the upper and lower right corners; the vice mark and acid droplets, visible in the second state, have been removed.  
Print note:This appears to be between Kennedy's second and third states; it was formerly catalogued as the third state.  


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:stylized device at centre on the verso (this may be a version of Walter Dowdeswell's mark; see Lugt 799); 'JHH' blind stamp (J.H. Hutchinson, Lugt 2921); 'F' blindstamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'3' at lower right on the recto.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.