- 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 30 x 20 cm
No known copyright restrictions.
No known restrictions on use.
- 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
Handwritten on item: One of twelve etchings (First Venetian set)
- Notes (object):
Sixth state of seven.
The two lower steps are shaded by vertical lines immediately to the left of the girl's feet; the head of the woman, who wears a cap, is larger, and there is intricate work on the shadows in the doorway. The drypoint lines in the water have been worked over or have disappeared.
W. 290 (no longer used)