Signed with pencil, l.l. corner: Appel ; and at center bottom, to right of signature, also in pencil: 35/115 Watermark: bottom center: Arches In pencil, on inside of frame, bottom bar: 21.5 x 21.5 Verso of frame's cardboard backing, center top (label): (see accession sheet for label) Inscribed in pencil, verso, l.l. corner: #7/G839 G
Inscribed on stone: Chéret Inscribed, l.l.: Les Maîtres de l'Affice PL. 221 Imprimerie Chaix Stamped in black ink, l.r. margin, running vertically: Imp CHAIX (succu') Chéret. 18 rue Brunel, PARIS Blind stamp, l.r.: LES MAITRES DE L'AFFICH/IMPRIME..CHAIX
A building with an arched doorway, windows at the center right, and the beginning of a flight of stairs on the right acts as architectural foils for the figures and a cart and horse (hansom cab?) arrayed in front of the building or grouped in the dark entryway.
The Way's printing offices on Wellington Street faced the back of the Gaiety Theatre and Whistler several times drew the stage door of the theatre from the Way's establishment. In this way, technical innovations introduced by the Ways--such as the use of transfer paper--could be experimented with immediately by Whistler.
"Gaiety Stage Door" was published in the portfolio "Notes" in 1887.
This lithograph is printed in black ink on a rose-colored chine collé paper. It depicts a wide Parisian boulevard as though seen from above at a distance. Large trees and buildings line either side of the street. Vehicles and pedestrians, many of whom appear to hold umbrellas, people the scene.