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Inscription

on plate: (butterfly); on tab: butterfly imp / butterfly of 1885/1886; by later hands on verso: C.3373 / C26714

Provenance

Howard Mansfield [1849-1938], New York, (Lugt 1342). Bought on 15 March 1928 by Lessing Julius Rosenwald [1891-1971], Philadelphia, (Lugt 1760b); gift to NGA, 1943.  

Exhibition History
2003
"Whistler and His Circle in Venice", The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 2003.
Bibliography
1910
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. New York: Grolier Club, 1910, no. 197, iii/ix.
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. 273, state iv/xvii.
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