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Inscription

on plate: (butterfly); on recto lower right: 3; lower left on the recto: 8; lower left on the verso: Portrait of W Ridley the painter; at lower centre on the verso: 6 / mxxx-

Provenance

Possibly W. Dowdeswell, London (see Lugt 799). (H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, stock no. a 65709).( Knoedler & Co., New York, stock no. 13684 MK). Lessing Julius Rosenwald [1891-1971], Philadelphia, (Lugt 1760b); gift to NGA, 1943.

Bibliography
1910
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. New York: Grolier Club, 1910, no. 140, iii/v.
2012
MacDonald, Margaret F., Grischka Petri, Joanna Meacock.James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonné. University of Glasgow on-line website at http://etchings.arts.gla.ac.uk. University of Glasgow, 2012: no. 124, state iv/vii.
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