Jul 15, 2005

The Garden

Second Venice Set

The Garden


James McNeill Whistler

(American, 1834–1903)

Etching and drypoint

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph King 1923.31

Catalogue raisonné: Kennedy 210; MacDonald 194

State: V/VIII


Did you know?

This print is among the only ones in James McNeill Whistler's Second Venice Set without a clearly identifiable setting.


Part of an expatriate community in Venice, James McNeill Whistler focused on the city’s architectural details in the prints, drawings, and paintings that he made during a year spent living there. This etching presents a private garden from the perspective of one of the city’s distinctive canals. Seen through an open doorway, the view, offers a voyeuristic glimpse of its inhabitants’ lives. Situated outside and looking into a lush garden, the viewer is placed in the artist’s position, able to feel his excitement as an outsider exploring a new but historied place.

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