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The Doorway: P.2-2008

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Current Location: In storage


The Doorway


Printmaker: Whistler, James Abbott McNeill




History note: H. Wunderlich & Co./Kennedy & Co., New York, probably during Whistler’s lifetime, and possibly consigned by him (stock number a19900 inscribed in graphite on the verso; date deduced from comparison with stock number a37215 on a print acquired in 1902 by H. Wunderlich & Co., which became Kennedy & Co. in 1912 and was later renamed Kennedy Galleries); private collection, United States, from which consigned to Christie’s sale, New York, 1 May 2007 lot 22 ($38,400), from which sale bought by C. G. Boerner.

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Bought from the Gow Fund with the help of the Art Fund and the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2008)


19th century
1879 - 1880

Materials used in production

Brown ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( antique laid paper trimmed by the artist)
Plate Height 294 mm Width 200 mm
Sheet Height 298 mm Width 206 mm

Techniques used in production

Etching : Printed with surface tone and ‘monotype’ wiping in brown ink

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Whistler’s butterfly monogram and imp. (indicating that Whistler printed the impression himself)

  • Location: Tab in lower margin
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Type: Monogram

Inscription present: a19900 is the Kennedy Galleries stock number

  • Text: C [at 90 degrees] // a19900 // exceptionally fine // em- // 611.
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.2-2008
Primary reference Number: 161015
Kennedy: 188 VI/VII
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 4 February 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 10 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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