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Inscription

on plate: (butterfly); on tab: (butterfly) imp; lower center on the verso: RATC [? illegible]; verso: No 1 (possibly by Whistler, partly erased and traced over by another hand)

Provenance

Purchased December 6, 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. 382, ii/iii.
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. 382, state ii/iv.
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