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.
Associated NamesRosenwald, Lessing Julius
- 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 http://etchings.arts.gla.ac.uk. University of Glasgow, 2012, no. 429, only state.