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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


(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.  

Exhibition History
Etchings, Lithographs, Original Drawings, and Autograph Letters by James A. McNeill Whistler, The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1931.
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. New York: Grolier Club, 1910, no. 287, i/ii.
MacDonald, Margaret F., Grischka Petri, Joanna Meacock.James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonné. University of Glasgow on-line website at University of Glasgow, 2012, no. 358, state i/ii.
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