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University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor
Accession no: 1954/1.347
State: 4/6

Collection credit:Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker  
Image credit:Photo © The University of Michigan Museum of Art  
Provenance:Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934), London. P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London. Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924), Glasgow. H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1902. M. Knoedler & Co., New York, 1907. Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York. Margaret Selkirk Watson Parker (1867-1936), Detroit, MI; bequeathed to the University of Michigan Art Museum, MI, 1954.  


Paper size:259 x 365 mm  
Plate mark size:192 x 305 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Asian laid  
Note on the paper:tissue  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very light overall tone  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler. / 1861.' ( 't' not crossed)  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:see signature  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:butterfly 'imp.' in lower left margin in pencil  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:no  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:The pencil butterfly does not look like Whistler's hand;  
Collector's mark:'B. M.' stamp (B.B. MacGeorge, Lugt 394); 'HM' (H. Mansfield, Lugt 1342)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.