- The doorway
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.
- Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903
Boston Public Library
- Collection (local):
James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). Lithographs, Etchings, and Drawings
Doors & doorways
ItalyVenetia (region)Venezia (province)Venice
- 1 print : etching ; plate mark 29 x 21 cm
No known copyright restrictions.
No known restrictions on use.
- 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.
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).
W. 991 (no longer used)