Roussel, Theodore (1847-1926), 'Penelope, A Doorway, Chelsea', Etching, 1888-1889

'Penelope, A Doorway, Chelsea', Etching, 1888-1889

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Printed on laid paper in green ink. From the edition of approximately 30 impressions. Trimmed by the artist to the platemark.

The woman in the doorway was reputedly a Thames steamer captain's wife who knitted as she waited for him to pass on the river each day. Roussel's title refers to Ulysses' wife, Penelope, who occupied her time with weaving while she waited for husbands return.

The composition, with a figure in a darkened doorway, is one favoured by Whistler in etchings from the 1850s to the 1890s. it is likely that Roussel was aware of these subjects among his friend and mentors works.

Image Size/Plate Size 10.8 x 6.9 cm
Reference Hausberg 23
Provenance Phillip Lyon Roussel
Collections British Museum, Birmingham City Art Gallery, Fogg Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Washington and Victoria and Albert Museum.

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