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Inscription

lower right in plate: [the artist's butterfly]; lower left in graphite: [the artist's butterfly] imp; lower left verso in graphite by unknown hand: ARG16290; lower right verso in graphite by unknown hand: The Smithy (K.240) / P652

Provenance

(C. & J. Goodfriend Drawings and Prints, New York); Bud and Fran Moreland Johns, San Francisco, California; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2013; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art

Exhibition History
2013
Recent Acquisitions: American Art from the Johns Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2013-2014
Bibliography
1910
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. New York: Grolier Club, 1910, no. 240.
2012
MacDonald, Margaret, Grischka Petri, Meg Hausberg, and Joanna Meacock. James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, A Catalogue Raisonné. Scotland: University of Glasgow, 2012, no. 239, iv/vi. http://etchings.arts.gla.ac.uk