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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.  

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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