on plate: (butterfly); lower left: J. Mc. N. Whistler, delt. (the c and t in delt both superscript)
Sir Frank Short [1857-1945]. Bought August 13, 1931 by Lessing Julius Rosenwald [1891-1971], Philadelphia, (Lugt 1760b); gift to National Gallery of Art, 1943.
- Etchings, Lithographs, Original Drawings, and Autograph Letters by James A. McNeill Whistler, The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1931.
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