|Medium:||etching, drypoint and open bite|
|Size:||252 x 358 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at upper left (4-5); removed (6)|
|Set/Publication:||'First Venice Set', 1880|
|No. of States:||6|
|Catalogues:||K.187; M.184; W.153|
|Impressions taken from this plate (56)|
The Globe was more complimentary: 'The more elaborate architectural features in "The Doorway," "The Palaces," and others of the same class, are admirably designed, not with laborious minuteness, but with a perfect understanding of their especial character. A principal merit of these works is their unity of effect'. 17 The Times commented in general terms:
14: London FAS 1880 (cat. no. 9).
15: Spectator, 11 Dec. 1880 (GUL PC4/13).
16: Daily News, 2 Dec. 1880 (GUL PC4/15).
17: The Globe, 3 Dec. 1880 (GUL PC4/15).
18: 'Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice', The Times, London, 25 Dec. 1880, p. 4.
19: British Architect, 10 Dec. 1880 (GUL PC4/19).
20: London FAS 1883 (cat. no. 48).
"He has never, so far as we know, attempted to transfer to copper any of the more ambitious works of the architect."—Pall Mall Gazette.
"He has been content to show us what his eyes can see, and not what his hand can do." St. James's Gazette.'
21: 'Mr. Whistler's Venice', St. James' Gazette, 9 December 1880 (GUL PC4/16). The sentence italicized here is the one quoted by Whistler.
22: 'Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice', The Times (London), 25 December 1880 (GUL PC4/11).
Others were shown in print dealer's shows, particularly by H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, in 1883, 1898, and 1903, and by Obach & Co. in London in 1903. These included a trial proof, sold through Wunderlich's to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) in 1898 (). 26 It was shown with prints and plates by Robert Dunthorne in Liverpool in 1893.
After Whistler's death, impressions were exhibited in several other memorial exhibitions, two states were shown in New York (at the Grolier Club) in 1904, one in Paris in 1905, one in London (lent from the Royal Collection) in 1905 and one in Rotterdam, lent by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), in 1906. 28
SALES & COLLECTORS
At the sale of the collection of the late Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891) at Sotheby’s, 3 March 1892, Lot 332 was bought by the London print dealer Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851) for £5.15.0 and Lot 239 by Edmund F. Deprez (1851-1915) for £8.15.0. Dunthorne sold his acquisition to Wunderlich's for £11.4.5 () making a quick profit (it is now in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts).
29: Inventory books, Kupferstichkabinett Berlin.
30: Whistler to M.B. Huish, [February/August 1892], GUW #02968.