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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
1931
Etchings, Lithographs, Original Drawings, and Autograph Letters by James A. McNeill Whistler, The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1931.
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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