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Double Doorway, Sandwich

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 322
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 70 x 110 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 4
Catalogues: K.306; M.301
Impressions taken from this plate  (4)


children, door, , shop, shop-front.


Variations on the title, mostly in punctuation, are as follows:

'Double Doorway - Sandwich' (Wunderlich's to Whistler). 1
'Double Doorway, Sandwich' (1898, Wunderlich's). 2
'A Double Doorway, Sandwich' (1900, Caxton Club). 3
'Double Doorway, Sandwich' (1909, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 4
'Doorway; Lawrence St. Chelsea' (1903/1935, possibly Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958)). 5

'Double Doorway, Sandwich' is the generally accepted title.

The reference to Lawrence Street was almost certainly a mistake, caused by confusion between this etching and yet another doorway subject, Little Steps, Chelsea 269.

1: [August 1897], GUW #07289.

2: New York 1898 (cat. no. 197).

3: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. E291a).

4: Kennedy 1902[more] (cat. no. 271).

5: Envelope containing copper plate, University of Glasgow from Whistler's estate' (see k262)


The ground floor facade of a building, drawn parallel to the edges of the plate. To the left of centre are adjoining doors with pillars supporting a triangular pediment. The one on the right opens into a passage lit by a window at the far end. To right of these doors is a third door, which opens into a small shop with a large many-paned shop window. Goods and a woman are just visible in the shop. In front of the window at right there is a group of three children, one reaching into a box on the pavement. The sill of a first-floor window is just visible at upper right.


St Peter Street, near the church of St Peter, in the town of Sandwich in south-east Kent, England. It shows 3-5 St Peter Street, reversed in the print as usual. The building at the right was originally the Old Town Gaol, until it was replaced in 1829. 6

6: Hopkinson 2001[more].

Whistler etched several street scenes in Sandwich including The Cock and the Pump 321 and Salvation Army, Sandwich 319.