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Inscription

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

Provenance

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
1931
Etchings, Lithographs, Original Drawings, and Autograph Letters by James A. McNeill Whistler, The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1931.
Bibliography
1910
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. New York: Grolier Club, 1910, no. 384.
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. 412, state i/ii.
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