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Arched doorway with figures and a tree

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 489
Date: 1901
Medium: unbitten; drawn with an etching needle through ground that has been removed
Size: 210 x 286 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 1
Catalogues: K.-; M.-; T.-; W.-
Impressions taken from this plate  (1)


arch, building, people, tree.


Neither Whistler's title nor any early title have been recorded. A descriptive title has therefore been given:
Arched doorway with figures and a tree (2009, Whistler Etching Project).


At left is the wall of a building, with a small window at upper left; to right of this a figure stands in an archway. To right of the arch stands a small bare tree. Further right is another figure, probably a woman. The image is faint and incomplete.


This was probably drawn in Ajaccio, capital of Corsica, although it is possible it could represent Paris or London.


An earlier etching,The Young Tree 285, a Corsican drawing, The Tall Tree m1687, and a watercolour, Green and Brown - Ajaccio m1688, show similar subjects.