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Inscription

lower right in black ink: Kemble; lower left in graphite by unknown hand: [not deciphered] plate on or before / cactus from Mexico - Century; lower center in graphite by unknown hand: 10 1/2 - 13 1/2 / [not deciphered] - 19 1/2; lower right in brown ink by unknown hand: 3 1/2 / 91233 / 20; lower right in graphite by unknown hand: Ro[not deciphered]; upper left verso in graphite by unknown hand: $3.00 [circled]; upper left verso in graphite by unknown hand: RA; verso in blue colored pencil: Cty. / a 173 [circled] / Kemble, EW / P / 11 x13 / 30 -190 / 35; lower right verso in graphite by unknown hand: Century / Magazine / E. W. Kemble / a very famous / illustrator / Cactus from Mexico / June 1885

Marks and Labels

embossed lower left: BRISTOL BOARD EXTRA SUPER [circled] / A N C N Y [with clover]

Provenance

Professor Maurice Bloch, Los Angeles, CA; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1960; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art

Bibliography
1885
Smalley, Eugene V. "In and Out of the New Orleans Exposition." Century Magazine 30 (June 1885): pp. 185-199.
1983
Simmons, Linda Crocker and with the assistance of Adrianne J. Humphrey, et al. American Drawings, Watercolors, Pastels, and Collages in the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, DC: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1983: p. 123, no. 830.