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Inscription

lower right on stone: [the artist's butterfly]; lower left in graphite: [the artist's butterfly]; lower left edge in graphite by unknown hand: Way 98. The Old Smith's Story; lower left verso in graphite by unknown hand: AC 02290; lower right verso in graphite by unknown hand: 32

Marks and Labels

stamped lower left verso in brown ink: [RBP monogram]

Provenance

the artist, London, England; Rosalind Birnie Philip (the artist's sister-in-law), London, England; (Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, California); 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
1896
Way, Thomas Robert. Mr. Whistler's Lithographs: The Catalogue. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1896; New York: H. Wunderlich & Co., 1905, no. 98.
1998
Stratis, Harriet K., and Martha Tedeschi, eds. The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, vol. 1. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1998, pp. 388-390, no. 129.