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The Doorway

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1902.45
State: 6/20

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1902; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:408 x 305 mm  
Plate mark size:290 x 202 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:Pro Patria with LVG (or LVC?) countermark  
Medium:etching, drypoint and roulette  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:with pen and ink additions to the bottom step near the standing figure's foot, including horizontal lines on the back and ront of the tread and short verticals on the riser above the water line  
Print tone:some light tone near the plate edges, on the water and over the sky; there is 'picking' at lower right.  
Note on foul biting:granular foul biting over the top of the arched windows; there are traces of curved wiping scratches on the plate near the upper and lower right corners and a long left-right diagonal scratch at the upper right corner; the vice mark and acid droplets, visible in the second state, have been removed.  
Print note:The print is underinked at the lower right, with some parts of the lines printing white; it was formerly catalogued as an impression of the third state but is actually between Kennedy's second and third states.  


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:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.