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Inscription

on plate: (butterfly); on tab: (butterfly) imp; lower left on verso: a 65798; 5149/225 [or 5140/ 225]; lower right corner on verso: 3ws [or 3m5']; in semicircle at lower right on the verso: 148

Provenance

(H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, stock no. a 65798). Purchased 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. 325.
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. 308, state i/iv.
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