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Inscription

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.

Provenance

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.  

Bibliography
1910
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. New York: Grolier Club, 1910, no. 257, ii/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. 265, state ii/ii.
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