Doorway and Vine

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American (Lowell, MA 1834 - 1903 London, England)
Doorway and Vine, 1879-1880
19th century
plate: 23.1 x 16.8 cm (9 1/8 x 6 5/8 in.)
sheet: 24.6 x 17.2 cm (9 11/16 x 6 3/4 in.)
K. 196
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Patricia Cornwell
, 2005.262
The expatriate American artist James Whistler was born in Massachusetts, studied art in Paris 1855 to 1859, and spent most of the rest of his life in London. He was influenced by the realism of artists like Rembrandt, Goya, and Courbet, and most of his etchings depict scenes from everyday life. Many of this group of 31 prints (30 etchings and one lithograph) given by Patricia Cornwell come from his most important print series: the French set, scenes of working class London along the Thames, views of Venice, and depictions of Dutch buildings. (Patricia Cornwell's interest in Whistler stems from her interest in Walter Sickert, one of Whistler's students.) Whistler varied his use of paper, ink, and printing methods so that each impression can have unique aspects.
signed: l.l. signature tab with butterfly signature
collector's mark: verso l.l., ink, stamp: collector's mark of E. M. Henn
E. M. Henn, (872b).