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The two doorways

The two doorways

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Title:
The two doorways
Description:
At the left, following the bend of a canal, is a massive building with two large doorways. Within the nearer doorway, which has a pointed arch and stands open, hangs a lantern. The farther doorway, with round arch enclosing an iron grille at the top, is boarded up and protected by an iron railing. At the right, across the canal, a row of tall buildings extends beyond a bridge with elliptic arch and iron railing, near which are three gondolas. There are figures in the open doorway.
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
Buildings
Places:
ItalyVenetia (region)Venezia (province)Venice
Extent:
1 print : etching ; plate mark 21 x 30 cm
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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. 193
Additional information accompanying item: First Venetian set
Notes (object):
Third state of five.
The gondola and the figures of men and girls have been erased; an old man, wearing a cap and bending toward the left, is on the steps. In the recess of the doorway, which has been much darkened, are two indistinct figures; a gondola with a gondolier is at the right, and a number of figures are on the bridge. The white space on the window between the doorways is shaded, save for a narrow strip at lower right. The butterfly is at the left of the arch of the doorway, and there is more work all over the plate (J. S. Dutcher).
Identifier:
17_14_000153
W. 995 (no longer used)
Barcode:
36666000194411