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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)


balcony, building, door, doorway, Renaissance, stable, woman standing.


There are several titles that although radically different appear to refer to the same etching:

'Doorway Stables - Loches (French Plates)' (1887/1888, Whistler). 1
'Stables doorway' (1888, Whistler). 2
'Stables - (Doorway. -) Loches' (1890/1892, Beatrice Whistler (1857-1896)). 3
'Doorway in Stable Yard. Loches' (1903/1935, possibly Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958)). 4
'Cellar Door? Hotel Tours' (1897, Wunderlich's). 5
'Cellar Door, Tours' (1898, Wunderlich's). 6
'Cellar-Door, Tours' (1902, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 7

The preferred title, 'Doorway, Stables - Loches', is based on the original titles used by Whistler and his wife. It appears to have been E.G. Kennedy of Wunderlich's who suggested that it was Tours rather than Loches, and, in the first instance (in 1897, as seen above), the firm queried the title.

1: List, [August 1887/1888], GUW #13233.

2: Written on ().

3: List, 1890/1892, GUW #12715.

4: Envelope containing copper plate, Hunterian Art Gallery.

5: Wunderlich's to Whistler, [August 1897], GUW #07289.

6: New York 1898 (cat. no. 234).

7: Kennedy 1902[more] (cat. no. 325).


On the right is an open doorway at the corner of a building, with the tendrils of a climbing plant on the bare wall above. Immediately inside the doorway a staircase curves round to the right. On the fourth step is a woman reaching into a cupboard behind the stairs. To left of the door, across a small cobbled yard, is a two-storey building with a tiled roof; a woman stands in front of a narrow opened window, looking out from the balcony. The sun casts shadows below the balcony, and in the dark interiors. In the yard there are bits of wood and other materials heaped in the corner to left of the door.


Loches, a town in the Loire valley, France. Whistler etched a number of scenes there including Hôtel de Ville, Loches 412 and Hôtel de la Promenade, Loches 415. Kennedy and others recorded the site as Tours but Whistler and his wife, shortly after their honeymoon, listed it as Loches. 8 Another etching that may show the same building is Hôtel de la Promenade, Loches 415.

8: List, [August 1887/1888], GUW #13233.