Doorway And Vine
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2005.262
People
James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American (Lowell, MA 1834 - 1903 London, England)
Title
Doorway and Vine
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
1879-1880
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Technique
Etching
Dimensions
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.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l. signature tab with butterfly signature
  • collector's mark: verso l.l., ink, stamp: collector's mark of E. M. Henn
Provenance
E. M. Henn, (872b).
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
State
ii/IX
Standard Reference Number
K. 196
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Patricia Cornwell
Accession Year
2005
Object Number
2005.262
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Commentary
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.
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Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted