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Inscription

on plate: (butterfly); on tab: (butterfly) imp; on the verso: Kennedy number

Provenance

Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson [c. 1829 - d. 1892], (Lugt 2921); (sold at Sotheby's, London, 3 March 1892, lot 309); bought by Russell, ¬£0.18.0. Henry Harper Benedict [1844-1935], New York, ( Lugt 2936). (Knoedler & Co., New York). Bought by Lessing Julius Rosenwald [1891-1971], Philadelphia, (Lugt 1760b); gift to National Gallery of Art, 1943.  

Exhibition History
1931
Etchings, Lithographs, Original Drawings, and Autograph Letters by James A. McNeill Whistler, The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1931.
Bibliography
1910
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. New York: Grolier Club, 1910, no. 252, 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. 253, state i/iii.
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