Doorway, Stables - Loches

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 416
Date: 1888
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 148 x 80 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper centre
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.377; M.377
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)


Doorway, Stables - Loches was not published, but it is closely related to the 'Renaissance'.


Few exhibitions are recorded. It was exhibited by H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898 and 1903. 10 An impression - probably bought from Wunderlich's - was lent by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in the Art Institute of Chicago in 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3770202). 11

After Whistler's death, impressions were also exhibited at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904 and in the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905. 12

10: New York 1898 (cat. no. 234); New York 1903b (cat. no. 229).

11: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 282).

12: New York 1904a (cat. no. 362); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 325).


The price was variable, and so was the title as given in various lists and accounts, making it hard to follow the marketing of this etching. Whistler sold what was described as a 'first state' of 'The Doorway Stables Loches' on 27 March 1889 to London art dealers, The Fine Art Society, for £8.8.0. 13 This may have been the impression inscribed 'Stables doorway' and '1st State' acquired by John Caldwell (fl. 1887-1907), and later Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937), and now in the Library of Congress (Graphic with a link to impression #K3770104).

13: Whistler to E.G. Brown, GUW #13000.

On 6 April 1891 Whistler sold 'Stables Doorway' to H. Wunderlich & Co., New York print dealers, for £5.5.0. 14 In August 1897 Wunderlich's noted that they had two impressions of 'Cellar Door? Hotel Tours' in stock. On 24 March 1899 they reported the sale of one for £6.6.0. 15 A year later they sold 'Cellar Door, Hotel Tours I state' for £8.8.0, and in 1901, recorded another sale of '140 - Cellar Door, Hotel Tours' at £6.6.0. 16 Now, '140' is written on the verso of an impression bought by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3770202) who owned one and lent it to the Caxton Club in 1900. It is not quite clear if the Wunderlich account for 1901 duplicates earlier sales records, and Lathrop actually bought the etching in 1899 or 1900.

Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought an impression from Obach & Co. in December 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3770102). Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) inherited impressions of both states from the artist, which she bequeathed to the University of Glasgow (Graphic with a link to impression #K3770103, Graphic with a link to impression #K3770203).

14: GUW #13097.

15: GUW #07289; #07305.

16: 6 April 1900, GUW #07322; 16 April 1901, #07330.