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)|
14: 'Mr. Whistler's Venice Etchings', Daily News (London), 2 December 1880.
Impressions were shown at other print dealer's shows, by H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1883, 1898 (, bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919)) and 1903, by Obach & Co. in London in 1903, and by Frederick Keppel (1845-1912) of F. Keppel & Co., New York, in 1904. Dunthorne showed it among etchings and plates exhibited in Liverpool in 1893. 17
Other exhibitions included international shows in Berlin () and Philadelphia in 1881, the Salon of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1892 and the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901. 18
Another impression was lent by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) to the Caxton Club, in Chicago, in 1900 (). 21 James Cox-Cox (ca 1849- d.1901) lent one from his 'First Venice Set' to an International Exhibition in Glasgow in 1901. 22
Impressions were shown at several Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death. Four impressions were shown at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904, two of which were lent by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) (, and either or ). 23 Impressions were also shown in London and Paris in 1905. Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), who had inherited one from Whistler, lent it to one of the Memorial shows, in Rotterdam in 1906 (). 24
SALES & COLLECTORS
In 1882 'Partie eines Kanales in Venedig' was sold by Alphonse Wyatt Thibaudeau (ca 1840- d.1892) as part of a complete set to the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin (). 27
Few auction prices are recorded, although at the sale of the collection of the late Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891) at Sotheby’s, 3 March 1892 (lot 250) an impression was bought by Edmund F. Deprez (1851-1915) of Deprez & Gutekunst for a good price, £7.15.0.
25: GUW #01153, #01185 (list of printings).
26: GUW #01258.
27: Inventory books, Kupferstichkabinett Berlin.
Francis Seymour Haden, Sr (1818-1910) owned an impression of the second state (), which was sold through H. Wunderlich & Co., New York in 1898 and bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), who had bought an impression of the main edition from Wunderlich's on 15 January 1891 () and was to buy an even earlier proof from Obach & Co. on 11 July 1903 ().
28: Wunderlich's to Whistler, June/August 1897 (net price), GUW #07288; September 1897, #07287.
29: Wunderlich's to Whistler, 6 April 1900, GUW #07322.