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Inscription

on plate: (butterfly); on tab: (butterfly) imp [sic]; lower left on verso: a 15165. or A 18165; MK 32561

Provenance

Listed by E. G. Kennedy as owned by Howard Mansfield [1849-1938], New York, 1910. H. Wunderlich & Co., New York (stock no. a 15165). (Knoedler & Co., New York, stock no. MK 32561). Bought November 26, 1929 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. 250, 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. 252, state i/ii.
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