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Inscription

on plate: (butterfly); on tab: (butterfly) imp; lower left on verso: MK 32568; by later hands on the verso, lower centre: Wedmore number; lower right: 43

Provenance

Henry Studdy Theobald [1847-1934], London, (Lugt 1376). Listed by E. G. Kennedy as Henry Harper Benedict [1844-1935], New York, 1910. (Knoedler & Co., New York). Bought November 26, 1929 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. 285, i/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. 299, state i/ii.
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