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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.

Exhibition History
1946
Music in Prints: Prints from the Rosenwald Collection, NGA, 1946, no cat.
1953
Whistler's Prints after Fifty Years, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1953.
1967
Musical Prints from the Fifteenth to the Twentieth Century, from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, NGA, 1967, no cat.
1968
L'Incisione Europea dal XV al XX Secolo, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Turin, Italy, 1968. no. 254.
1969
The Prints of James McNeill Whistler, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Artmobile, 1969-1970.
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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