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Inscription

on plate: (butterfly); on tab: (butterfly) imp; lower right on the verso: 1st proof (the 'st' superscript with a dot beneath)

Provenance

(Knoedler & Co., New York.) Purchased November 10, 1928 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. 317.
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. 312, state i/iii.
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