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Inscription

upper left on stone: [the artist's butterfly]; lower left edge in graphite by unknown hand: W80 / MK 32882; lower right edge in graphite by unknown hand: C - 2887 / 4 4; lower center verso in graphite by unknown hand: DK

Marks and Labels

stamped lower verso in black ink: F.B.B. [circled]; stamped lower left verso in brown ink: [RBP monogram]

Provenance

Rosalind Birnie Philip (the artist's sister-in-law), London, England; Frank B. Bristow, Falls Church, Virginia; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1968; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art

Exhibition History
1979
British Prints from the Bristow Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1979
1982
American Impressionist Prints, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1982, no. 29
1983
Sargent's Contemporaries, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1983, no. 30
1990
Haden, Whistler, Pennell: Three Master Printmakers in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1990, no. 53
2002
The Gilded Cage: Views of American Women, 1873-1921, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2002
2003
The Impressionist Tradition in America, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2003-2004
Bibliography
1896
Way, Thomas Robert. Mr. Whistler's Lithographs: The Catalogue. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1896; New York: H. Wunderlich & Co., 1905, no. 80.
1998
Stratis, Harriet K., and Martha Tedeschi, eds. The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, vol. 1. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1998, pp. 185-188, no. 51, ii/ii.