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Inscription

on plate: (butterfly) / 37 (above door); on tab: butterfly 'imp.'; butterfly of 1886/1887; lower right on verso: MK 36557 / 0227-400 (the '400' erased) / 31' (underlined)

Provenance

(Knoedler & Co., New York, stock no. 36557). Bought by 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. 198, viii/viii.
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. 235, no state listed.
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