The upper two stories of buildings in a narrow city street are drawn, the ground floor left undescribed. The vantage point severly crops and foreshortens the buildings on the right side of the street but gives a fuller view of the gables and overhangs of the buildings on the left side of the street.
Artist Life Dates
1834 - 1903
Object Creation Date
Medium and Support
etching and drypoint, printed in black ink on laid paper
Doorway and Vine, One of the 'Twenty-six Etchings,' or the 'Second Venice Set'
James McNeill Whistler
A dark passageway through a building reveals a distant view of figures on both sides of a canal. In the foreground, the building is sketched in to show a vine growing up and over the passageway at the left, and an arched window at the right side; above the passage on the second floor two figures are seen silhouetted in an open window.
The facade of a two-story building is seen at a middle dstance; before it along the street are figures, either singly or grouped in pairs. The building has an arched door on the left; a smaller window, surmounted by a small oculus window and a barred basement level window below ar at the center; another smaller window in an arched setting is on the right side.