1893: possibly among 'unfinished' Venice drawings, 'The property of a collector', sold at auction, Sotheby's, London, 23 January 1893 (lots 113-130);
1893: several of these drawings passed through Dowdeswell, London dealers, to
Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934)
of Lincoln's Inn, London;
1902: 'Doorway' was bought from Theobald by
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919)
1919: bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art.
Further details are given in MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more]
(cat. no. 727).
Venice Pastels, Fine Art Society, London, 1881 (cat no. 32) 'The Beggars – Winter'.
Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 167) as 'Doorway'.
It was described in the Daily Telegraph as 'a sketch in which the smallest colouring relieves the black and grey.' 1
By the terms of Freer's will, this cannot be lent to another venue.
1: Anon., 'Venice Pastels, Daily Telegraph, London, 5 February 1881; GUL Whistler PC4, p. 48.