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The Two Doorways

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1943.3.8526
State: 13/13

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:Fine Art Society, London; sold to H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1892, for £25.4.0 (stock no. a21615); sold to unidentified collector, 1893. Probably in the 1930s at Kennedy & Co., New York (stock no. a67928). Bought by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), Philadelphia; given to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1943.  
Additional acq. no:B-10590  


Paper size:  
Plate mark size:  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:slightly browned paper, medium weight  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:pale overall tone, darker along the plate edges  
Note on foul biting:as per 1943.3.8526  
Print note:warm black ink, most of the lines from the open doorway to the rightmost building are heavily inked or printed with retroussage  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:butterfly at lower right on the verso  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:no  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 42 to 55mm from left,; height 3mm; butterfly of ca 1886  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:no  
Collector's mark:'LJR' stamp (L.J. Rosenwald, Lugt 1760b)  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 21615' (crossed out); 'a 67928', at lower left on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Nu --' at lower right on the verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.