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The Doorway

Hunterian Art Gallery
Accession no: 46816
State: 11/20

Collection credit:The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Birnie Philip Bequest, 1958  
Image credit:Photo © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow  
Provenance:Bequeathed by Whistler to his executrix, Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1903; bequeathed by her to the University of Glasgow, 1958.  


Paper size:301 x 202 mm  
Plate mark size:294 x 202 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Asian laid  
Note on the paper:The paper colour is almost buff  
Medium:etching, drypoint and roulette  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:tone above the arches; stronger and in different gradations in the water: ink wiped vertically in water zone, representing reflections and shadows in the water; ink dabbed in lightly in the middle part of the right window  
Note on foul biting:granular tone used in arches; single pits in water; light patches (from immediately cleaned drops of acid?) at right window near margin (the same as in K1880604)  
Print note:distinctive crease-like etched line cutting off bottom right corner; there is also a white area where the ink has been wiped off; light patches probably from acid stains on the plate between right window and margin; right edge marked by distinct black line; roulette wheel lines running in different directions in top half of water.  


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:54 mm from left margin, 7 x 18 mm; butterfly of ca 1887  


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  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.