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Inscription

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

Provenance

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.  

Bibliography
1910
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. New York: Grolier Club, 1910, no. 240, i/v.
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. 239, state i/vi.
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