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Inscription

on plate: (butterfly); on tab: (butterfly) imp; lower right verso in graphite by the artist:1st state (butterfly); lower left on the verso, probably by Whistler: No 7.; 33622 (upside down); lower centre on verso: 16212 MK (crossed out); MK 26291

Provenance

Sold by Whistler to Knoedler & Co., New York, on 27 July 1888. Purchased April 3, 1930 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. 310.
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. 348, only state.
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