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Inscription

center left on stone: [the artist's butterfly]; lower left in graphite by unknown hand: To my friend Mr. Frederick S. Church- / C.L. Freer. / Detroit, August 7th 1890 -; lower left in graphite by unknown hand: A94508 / W.30. MK 32821

Provenance

Charles Lang Freer, Detroit, Michigan; Frederick S. Church, New York, 1890; (Knoedler & Co., New York); Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1949; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art

Exhibition History
1977
American Lithographs from the Corcoran's Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1977, no. 14
1982
American Impressionist Prints, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1982, no. 28
1983
Sargent's Contemporaries, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1983, no. 31
1990
Haden, Whistler, Pennell: Three Master Printmakers in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1990, no. 52
Bibliography
1896
Way, Thomas Robert. Mr. Whistler's Lithographs: The Catalogue. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1896; New York: H. Wunderlich & Co., 1905, no. 30.
1998
Stratis, Harriet K., and Martha Tedeschi, eds. The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, vol. 1. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1998, pp. 136-138, no. 29.