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on plate: (butterfly); on tab: (butterfly) imp; on verso by Whistler, lower left: No 4 / 1st. Proof' (the 'st' superscript); by later hands, lower left on verso: MK 30692; lower center on verso: 384


Sold by Whistler to Wunderlich & Co., 16 April 1889. Knoedler & Co., New York. Bought January 7, 1929 by Lessing Julius Rosenwald [1891-1971], Philadelphia, (Lugt 1760b); gift to National Gallery of Art, 1943.

Exhibition History

Etchings, Lithographs, Original Drawings, and Autograph Letters by James A. McNeill Whistler, The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1931.


Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. New York: Grolier Club, 1910, no. 384.
MacDonald, Margaret F., Grischka Petri, Joanna Meacock.James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonné. University of Glasgow on-line website at University of Glasgow, 2012, no. 412, state i/ii.

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