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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.  

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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