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Cottage Door

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 252
Date: 1886
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 68 x 100 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 8
Catalogues: K.250; M.246; W.204
Impressions taken from this plate  (8)
Cottage Door probably dates from early August 1886. when Whistler visited Cumberland, staying until, as he said, 'I had enough of that sort of fresh air!'. 1

The etched butterfly is of a type used about 1885-1886, and the etching itself was first catalogued by Wedmore in 1886. 2

Comparable subjects of around this date include The Village Sweet Shop 266 and Little Steps, Chelsea 269.

1: Whistler to H. Whistler, [16 August 1886], GUW #06709.

2: Wedmore 1886 A[more] (cat. no. 204).