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on plate: (butterfly); on tab: (butterfly) imp; lower centre on verso: 12550c; lower right on verso: D7067; lower right on the verso (possibly by Whistler): [2?]; lower right on the verso: EO


Possibly Joshua H. Hutchinson [c. 1829 - 1892], London. (Sotheby's, London, 3 March 1892 (lots 295/296/297/298/300); Purchased by F. Keppel. Owned by W. S. Carter, Brooklyn, according to E.G. Kennedy, 1910. Henry Harper Benedict [1844-1935], New York, (Lugt 2936). Purchased on December 3, 1928 by Lessing Julius Rosenwald [1891-1971], Philadelphia, (Lugt 1760b); gift to National Gallery of Art, 1943.  

Exhibition History
Etchings, Lithographs, Original Drawings, and Autograph Letters by James A. McNeill Whistler, The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1931.
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. New York: Grolier Club, 1910, no. 240, i/v.
MacDonald, Margaret F., Grischka Petri, Joanna Meacock.James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonné. University of Glasgow on-line website at University of Glasgow, 2012, no. 239, state i/vi.
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