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on plate: (butterfly); on tab: (butterfly) imp; lower left on verso: a 20437 (crossed out) a 67929


James McNeill Whistler. (apparently given to H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1891, stock no. a20437, 'Gratis'); sold to unidentified collector, 1892. (Possibly at Kennedy & Co. later, stock no. a 67929). Bought November 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. 394.
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. 429, only state.
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