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Doorway, Gray's Inn

Impression: Colby College Museum of Art, Maine
Colby College Museum of Art, Maine
Number: 289
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 96 x 134 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 2
Catalogues: K.300; M.294
Impressions taken from this plate  (2)
Doorway, Gray's Inn dates from 1887. The butterfly signature is consistent with this date.
The leaves on the trees and the dresses worn by the women and children suggest that it was etched in the warm weather of summer, possibly between April and September 1887. It was first listed for sale some time after October 1887. 1 An impression of the second state may have been printed later, and was signed in the 1890s ().

1: Whistler to Fine Art Society, GUW #01216.

Other etchings of similar subject and date include The Young Tree 285 and The Baby, Gray's Inn 288.