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Inscription

on plate: (butterfly); lower right on the verso: (butterfly); tab: butterfly of ca 1886; by later hands: lower left on verso: a 21615 (crossed out); a 67928

Provenance

Fine Art Society, London; sold to H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1892, (stock no. a21615); sold to unidentified collector, 1893. Probably in the 1930s at Kennedy & Co., New York (stock no. a67928). Lessing Julius Rosenwald [1891-1971], Philadelphia, (Lugt 1760b); gift to NGA, 1943.

Exhibition History
2003
"Whistler and His Circle in Venice", The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; The Grolier Club, New York, 2003, no. 42.
2012
"Peintre-graveur: Adventures in Graphic Arts in the 19th Century", Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo, Japan, 2012.
Bibliography
1910
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. New York: Grolier Club, 1910, no. 193, vi/vi.
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. 193, state xiii/xiii.
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