James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1834-1903, American
Etching and drypoint printed in brown ink
Catalogue Raisonne: Kennedy 183 (only state)
Inscription: Recto, printed butterfly at l.l.; signed in pencil on tab with butterfly and "imp" at l.l.; Verso, Baumfeld's
stamp in red ink at l.r.
Provenance: Sabersky, Los Angeles; Rudolf L. Baumfeld, Los Angeles
Scope and Content:
In 1879, sponsored by the Fine Art Society, London, Whistler traveled to Venice, where he rendered some fifty plates of this
city during the following fourteen months. Setting out each day in his gondola, the artist worked from nature, drawing directly
on the etching plate.