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Inscription

on plate: VENDITA CARNA; on tab: butterfly 'imp'; lower left on verso: a 42029' / W.181

Provenance

Sold by Whistler to the Royal Collection, Windsor, 12 September 1882, (Lugt 2535), Lugt Lugt 2921h). Probably Agnew's, London; H. Wunderlich & Co., New York (stock no. a 42029). 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. 211, i/ii.
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. 199, state ii/iii.
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