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The doorway

The doorway

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Title:
The doorway
Description:
Upon the border of a canal, a great doorway, set within a round arch and open below a grille of iron framework wrought in squares, is flanked by round-arched windows barred with iron grilles of diamond pattern; the whole encased by moldings of elaborate stone carving. Beyond heavy doors, swung back over a broad stone platform, a dark passageway, from the ceiling of which chairs are hung, leads by irregular steps to a court, lighted by barred windows, where people are at work. At the right side of the doorway, a girl stands on the second step leading from the canal, and back of her, in the shadow, stands a woman. The butterfly, shaded, appears above the arch of the window at the left.
Artist:
Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903
Date:
[1879–1880]
Format:
Prints
Genre:
Etchings
Location:
Boston Public Library
Print Department
Collection (local):
James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). Lithographs, Etchings, and Drawings
Subjects:
Canals
Doors & doorways
Places:
ItalyVenetia (region)Venezia (province)Venice
Extent:
1 print : etching ; plate mark 29 x 21 cm
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Notes (acquisition):
Knoedler, August 1923
Notes (date):
Date supplied by cataloger based on artist's dates of work in Venice.
Notes (citation):
Kennedy, Edward G. (Edward Guthrie). "The etched work of Whistler ; compiled, arranged and described by Edward G. Kennedy, with an introduction by Royal Cortissoz." Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1978, San Francisco.
Notes:
Title from catalogue raisonné.
Kennedy: K. 188
Additional information: One of twelve etchings (First Venetian set)
Notes (object):
Fourth state of seven.
There are new drypoint lines at the right of the girl's foot, marking the outline of the skirt more definitely (Royal Collection, Windsor).
Identifier:
17_14_000184
W. 991 (no longer used)
Barcode:
36666000188603