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The Two Doorways

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1891.1
State: 5/13

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co. (receipt, 15 January 1891), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1891; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:211 x 293 mm  
Plate mark size:202 x 293 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:The paper colour is pinkish, almost buff  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour: black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:with pale tone at the upper left, slightly heavier at upper right and more pronounced on the water at bottom  
Note on foul biting:granular patches on the walls, sky and water; larger acid droplets among the lines below both doorways  
Print note:The ink looks warm black on this paper.  


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 to right of inscription on the verso  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'Very Early State -' butterfly at lower right on the verso  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 50- 71 mm from left; butterfly of 1881  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:There appears to be a partial, impressed butterfly signature on the tab, perhaps transferred when a sheet on top of it was signed ( there are no signs of erasure); the full butterfly signatures are medium-large, shaded on the tab and tiny, late on the verso  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 19273' at lower left on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W158' at lower centre on the verso by C.L. Freer; 'Mm' in script ( the 'm' superscript) at lower right on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.