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Inscription

on plate: (butterfly, and a faint second butterfly to the upper left of it); on tab: (butterfly) imp; in plate, on signboard above packing station: PHILP & Co. / PACKER; lower right on the verso by Whistler: butterfly; Old Clothes Exchange, Houndsditch; by later hands, lower right on the verso: 1st State - / Clothes Exchange; lower centre on the verso: L / c / u (the L reversed) erased along with an illegible price

Provenance

(H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, stock no. a 65796). Bought November 7, 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. 287, 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. 358, state i/ii.
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