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Doorway, Sandwich

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 323
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 96 x 134 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 8
Catalogues: K.307; M.302
Impressions taken from this plate  (8)


baby, architecture, building, children, door, façade, street, town.


Variations on the title are as follows:

'Doorway Sandwich' (1880s, Whistler). 1
'Doorway (Kent)' (1887/1888, Whistler). 2
'The Doorway Kent' (1887, Whistler). 3
''Doorway, Sandwich' (1902, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 4

'Doorway, Sandwich' is the generally accepted title, based on Whistler's original title.

1: Written on and .

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

3: Whistler to T. McLean, 21 December 1887, GUW #13017.

4: Kennedy 1902[more] (cat. no. 272).


In the centre is a small open doorway with pillars and a pediment, and possibly a round window or plaque above. Through the door a table is visible, with bowls on it, and a basket of clothes underneath. At the right is a bow window. At the left a girl with a child in her arms is standing in front of a window with a curved arch. Sash windows on the first floor are just visible at the top.


Etching: c_K307_01
The Old Dutch House, King Street, Sandwich.
PhotographİM.F. MacDonald, Whistler Etchings Project, 2012.
'Doorway Sandwich' is written on two impressions (, ). Sandwich is a historic town on the River Stour, in the county of Kent in south-east England. It was one of the 'Cinque Ports' and the town still has the remains of ramparts, gates, wharves, old houses and pubs that date back to its days as a busy port. Whistler's etching shows a 17th century house at No. 62 King Street, known as 'The Old Dutch House'. It has been reroofed and repainted but still shows the original attractive decorative brickwork. The view is taken looking across the narrow street. 5

5: Hopkinson 2001[more].