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on plate: butterfly; lower right on the verso: Whistler (upside down); on tab: butterfly 'imp.' / butterfly of 1886


Collection of Mr. James Watson Webb [1884-1960] and Mrs. Electra Havemeyer Webb [1888-1960], Los Angeles and Vermont; gift to NGA 1942.

Exhibition History

"Whistler and His Circle in Venice", The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 2003, no. 43.


Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. New York: Grolier Club, 1910, no. 196, iii/x.
MacDonald, Margaret F., Grischka Petri, Joanna Meacock.James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonné. University of Glasgow on-line website at University of Glasgow, 2012: no. 191, state iii/xviii.

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