The Two Doorways
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||204 x 296 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at left (4-final)|
|Set/Publication:||'First Venice Set', 1880|
|No. of States:||13|
|Catalogues:||K.193; M.190; W.158|
|Impressions taken from this plate (54)|
'The Two Doorways' (1880, F.A.S.). 1
'Two Doorways' (1886, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 2
'The Two Doorways' (1887/1888, Whistler). 3
'Les deux portes – Venise' (1892, Soc. Nat., Paris) 4
'The Two Doorways' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 5
The original title 'The Two Doorways' is preferred.
1: [1 December 1880], GUW 12667.
2: Wedmore 1886 A[more] (cat. no. 158).
3: List, [1887/1888], GUW #13233.
5: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 190).
6: Grieve 2000[more], pp. 91, 189.
Forges, furnaces and smiths are a recurrent subject in Whistler's work, providing dramatic lighting and complex figure compositions. These include several etchings (The Forge 086, Nocturne: Furnace 208, Murano - Glass Furnace 205, The Smithy 239, Wheelwright 240 and Flaming Forge 490); as well as lithographs such as The Tyresmith c036, and others of considerably later date; 8 related drawings, 9 and an oil painting, The Little Forge, Lyme Regis y442.
7: i.e. Museum of London website at http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk
8: The Whitesmiths, Impasse des Carmélites c092, The Forge, Passage du Dragon c102, The Smith, Passage du Dragon c103, The Master Smith c120, The Sunny Smithy c121, The Good Shoe c122, Father and Son c123, The Strong Arm c125, The Blacksmith c127 and The Brothers c128.
9: Study for 'The Little Forge' (K.147) m0574, Sketch of 'The Whitesmiths, Impasse des Carmélites' m1417, Sketches of 'The Forge: Passage du Dragon' and 'The Smith: Passage du Dragon' m1450, r.: The Blacksmith's, Howth; v.: Horse in a stable m1619, r.: The Forge; v.: Smiths, Ajaccio m1679, The Flaming Forge, Ajaccio m1678.