|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||68 x 100 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at upper left|
|No. of States:||2|
|Catalogues:||K.250; M.246; W.204|
|Impressions taken from this plate (8)|
'Cottage Door' (1887, Whistler). 3
'The Cottage Door' (1887, Whistler). 4
'Cottage Door' (1886, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 5
'Cottage Doorway. Kent' (1903/1935, possibly Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958)). 6
'Cottage-Door' (1910, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 7
Since Miss Birnie Philip was probably wrong in saying this was etched in Kent, the original title of 'Cottage Door' is preferred.
He had long-standing family connections in the area - the Picards, whom he visited in Kirby Lonsdale as a child, for example - and other contacts. He visited George Fletcher at Grasmere in 1882, joined William Stott (1857-1900), in Cumberland in August 1886, and Whistler's wife, Beatrice Whistler (1857-1896), designed a memorial window to the daughter of Mrs Jane Holme for the parish church at Orton in 1892. 10
Cumbria was a popular tourist destination. Photographs by Francis Frith show, for instance, Waterhead Hotel, Windermere, and Windermere from Biskey Howe, in 1887. The scene etched by Whistler could be a back street in a popular resort in the Lakes, such as Ambleside, Bowness or Kendal, but is more likely to be one of the smaller towns, such as Hawkshead on Esthwaite Water.
8: Wedmore 1886 A[more] (cat. no. 204).
9: Whistler to H. Whistler, [16 August 1886], GUW #06709.
10: See Portrait of John Richard Picard m0014; Miss Cumberlege m0873; M. F. MacDonald, Beatrice Whistler: Artist and Designer, exh. cat., Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 1997, repr. p. 43.
11: 'New Tourist Publications', The Times, London, 27 July 1886, p. 4.
12: Envelope containing copper plate, Hunterian Art Gallery.