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Inscription

on plate: (butterfly); on tab: (butterfly) imp; on verso by Whistler, lower left: (butterfly); lower right: The Little Nurse, / Grays Inn; lower left on verso: MK.31685; Colnaghi stock numbers erased and covered by the NGA stamp

Provenance

Henry Harper Benedict [1844-1935], New York (Lugt 2936). (Knoedler & Co., New York). 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. 302.
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. 286, only state.
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