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Inscription

butterfly in graphite at lower right on the verso by Whistler; on plate: (butterfly); on tab: (butterfly) imp; lower left on verso: MK 30695

Provenance

(Knoedler & Co., New York). Bought December 6, 1928 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.
1982
Lessing J. Rosenwald: Tribute to a Collector, NGA, 1982, no. 27, repro.
Bibliography
1910
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. New York: Grolier Club, 1910, no. 406, iii/iii.
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. 453, state vi/vi.
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