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Inscription

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

Provenance

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
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. 394.
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. 429, only state.
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