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on plate: (butterfly); on tab: (butterfly) imp: lower right on the verso, possibly by Whistler: 7;lower center on verso: c.6529; lower left on the verso: 1; in brown ink at lower right on the verso: W233; lower right on the verso, possibly by Harold Wright: K.257 II / Old Clothes Shop / No1.


Tracy Dows [b. 1871], New York, (Lugt 2427); probably sold through Frederick Keppel [1845-1912], New York, 1911. (Colnaghi's, London, 1920s, stock no. c 6529). Henry Harper Benedict [1844-1935], New York (Lugt 2936). Bought June 23, 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. 257, ii/ii.
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. 265, state ii/ii.
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