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Inscription

on plate: (butterfly); on tab: (butterfly) imp; upper right on the verso: 227; lower left on the verso: 9; lower centre across the verso: K263 - 3e etat (sur 4) [the e after the 3 superscript]

Provenance

Alfred Beurdeley [1847-1919], Paris, (Lugt 421). (Colnaghi's, London, stock no. c.6311). Purchased 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. 263, iii/iv.
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. 298, state ii/v.
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