An empty covered passageway dominates this image. In the foreground are three young saplings. At the far end of the passageway a man can be seen sitting in the sunlight alongside the edge of the canal. On either side of the passageway in the foreground are windows and indications of cornices, etc. of the architecture.
Otto Henry Bacher saw Whistler working on this plate, one of the earliest Whistler drew in Venice. Whister was dissatisfied with the progress of the plate and began the composition again on another copper plate; it is the second plate that was included in the "First Venice Set." Because this plate was abandoned in Venice, proofs taken from the plate are very scarce. As with the second plate of "Traghetto, No. 2", the site is identified as the courtyard of the C'da Mosto, north of the Rialto bridge.
5 physical tears on left edge, indicating the original book bindings.
TOP IMAGE. A river appears in lower right corner, traveling from "front" to "back" of image. Along its banks two distant windmills occur, indicating Holland as the location. A distant boat with sails, and a closer group of three row boats on river. The closer group has thee figures bent over their work, which looks like hauling nets. In the center is a nearly barren twisted tree, at whose base is a rough hut of blanks and branches. A path from the bottom right bends up and around the hut and tree, on which a small group of three are poised (two sitting figures appear to listen to a standing third) and a single man travels further into the distance. Houses with thatched roofs, some patched with boards, appear on the right of the image, along the riverbanks into the distance.
BOTTOM IMAGE. A river curves gently back from the bottom right. Boulders surround the bank on the left half of the image, with scraggly trees and vegetation. Several boulders stretch out into the water, and on one of these, on the bottom right, is a group of perhaps three viewers. Two are seated, and appear to be listening to a third, who is standing and pointing to the right. Hills can be seen in the bottom right corner, stretching into the distance along the river.
TOP IMAGE. Fishermen haul nets in boats on left, while other figures appear along a path on right. Huts and thatched houses are visible to the right and along the riverbank into the foreground. Several windmills are also visible in the background.
BOTTOM IMAGE. A riverscape with boulders and trees. A small group of figures sit or stand on boulders, with tallest figure pointing to the right. Hills are visible in the distance.
A dark passageway dominates the middle and left portions of the composition; to the right is a group of men seated outside at a table. The passageway has a view at the far end of a man seated while a gondola passes by. In front of the passageway re three young trees, the leaves of which fall in front of the passageway. To the left of the passageway is a child holding a baby. On either side of the passageway are windows that indicate the walls that fill the plate.
Otto Henry Bacher saw Whistler working on the "Traghetto, No. 1", one of the earliest Whistler drew in Venice. Whister was dissatisfied with the progress of the plate and began the composition again on another copper plate; it is this second plate that was included in the "First Venice Set." The Glasgow catalogue raisonné identifies the site as the courtyard of the C'da Mosto, north of the Rialto bridge.
Signed, dated and inscribed in plate, l.c.: J.P. Heseltine Venice May 1879 Lido Redentore Letters in margin, l.l.: J.P. Heseltine, del. et sc. L'Art ; l.c.: VENICE FROM THE LIDO ; l.r.: F. Liénard, Imp. Paris. Watermark, u.r.: [Arc]hes