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The Doorway

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1904.92
State: 20/20

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Given by Miss R. Birnie Philip to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1904; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:  
Plate mark size:292 x 202 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Asian laid  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:mfm: Very dark rich tone in the water mh: that richness is largely due to the inking of lines on that area of the plater; there is also considerable ink in and over the lines of the interior.  
Note on foul biting:Foul biting along the plate edges at left and right; acid droplets over the lattice-work at right and fine granular foul (or intentional) biting over the lattice-work at left  
Print note:Note that this dramatic impression, with heavily inked lines and very contrasty printing, was printed by Goulding.  


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):'F. Goulding, Printer / Dec 4. 1903' in graphite on at lower left on the verso  
Notes on inscriptions:The 'S' on the verso may be a '5'--denoting an impression number.  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W 154 Printed by Goulding, 1904. / Gift from Miss Birnie-Philip, June, 1904. Included in SI.' by C.L. Freer in the lower margin on the recto; 'S' at lower left on the verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.