In the foreground, illuminated white, a woman, her long hair hanging down her back, kneels and gazes upward, her arms extended in front of her, her hands pointing skyward. The sky is nearly all dark, with a full moon appearing in the center top of the image.
A woman on knees looks up into, pleads, with the heavens. She is illuminated by moonlight, with a full moon appearing in the topmost sky. From an illustration series for Bach's Cantata, with Alma Mahler serving as model.
Jaina altar piece of the 24 [Caturvimsati] Jinas: with standing nude figure of Mahavira cast in the round occupying central area of base, flanked by small tirthankaras; incsribed but unread. From Mysore, Karnataka.
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.