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Inscription

lower left butterfly in graphite; lower left in plate: Whistler.- / Dec.1859. / Paris de la Galerie a Op; by later hand, lower left in graphite: a42189

Marks and Labels

John W. Wilson (Lugt 2581)

Provenance

John Waterloo Wilson [1815-1883], Brussels, (Lugt 2581); (Sotheby's, 22 April 1887, lot 196). Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge [1845?-1924], Glasgow, (Lugt 394). ( H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1903, stock no. a 42189). John Nichols Estabrook and Dorothy Coogan Estabrook; gift to NGA, 1987.  

Exhibition History
1995
Prints by James McNeill Whistler and His Contemporaries, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1995, as Ile de la Cité, Paris.
Bibliography
1910
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. New York: Grolier Club, 1910, no. 60.
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. 63, only state.
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