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on plate: (butterfly); on tab: (butterfly) imp; by Whistler at lower left on the verso: (No 15) (the 'o' superscript); lower right on the verso: 399 (upside down); P(orD)FC(or S)


Roland Knoedler, 1889. John H. Wrenn [1841-1911], (Lugt 1475). (Knoedler & Co., New York, stock no. 32470). Bought November 15, 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. 399, iii/iii.
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. 396, state iii/iv.
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