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National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1949.5.548
State: 1/4

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:Probably sold by Whistler to H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1892 (stock no. a 21333). Listed by E. G. Kennedy as owned by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York, 1910; probably sold through A. A. Hahlo & Co., New York, to Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937), Naugatuck, CT, 1919. Given by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), Philadelphia, to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1949.  
Additional acq. no:B-15855  


Paper size:  
Plate mark size:  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:heavy weight paper  
Watermarks:partial Strasbourg Lily / VGZ (Chicago watermarks 292 and 293)  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:some chalk on the left of the the two standing figures at right.  
Print tone:no  
Note on foul biting:acid droplets at upper left and lower right  
Print note:Slightly warm black ink. As the lines are heavily inked, it is difficult to tell if there is drypoint.  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:no  
Tab signed/inscribed:'first proof' butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 55-107mm from left, height 8mm; butterfly of 1881  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:no  
Collector's mark:'HM' (Howard Mansfield); 'HW' stamp (H.G.Whittemore, Lugt 1384a)  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 21333' at lower left on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Perhaps only impression of first state. The plate was destroyed and a new etching made of the subject. H.M.'  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.