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Inscription

on plate: (butterfly); on windows at left: HAIR CUTTING & SHAVING; on newspaper placards below these windows: FRED CARLOS; on doors at left: CUT / D3, HAIR / CUT / D2 (the 'D' in each case superscript); on tab: (butterfly) imp; onverso, by Whistler lower right: Chosen proof; possibly by Whistler, at lower left: No. 16

Provenance

Sold by Whistler to Wunderlich's, New York, 27 March 1889. (Knoedler & Co., New York.) Purchased November 10, 1928 by Lessing Julius Rosenwald [1891-1971], Philadelphia; 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. 271.
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. 263, state i/ii.
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