Inscribed recto, right, in brown ink, in Whistler's hand: "(illegible, crossed out) page 12-"; inscribed recto, right, in brown ink, in an unknown hand: "[length notation] This size in width"; inscribed recto, lower right, in brown ink: [length notation, crossed out]; inscribed verso, lower left, in graphite: "a58640 / axx-"; inscribed verso, bottom center, in graphite: "7"; inscribed verso, lower right, in graphite: "a123"
208 × 146 mm
Gift of Walter S. Brewster
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James McNeill Whistler, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict (Paris and New York, 1899), p. 12 (ill.).
Frederick A. Sweet, James McNeill Whistler: Paintings, Pastels, Watercolors, Drawings, Etchings, Lithographs, exh. cat. (Chicago, 1968), p. 131 (ill.).
Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours: A Catalogue Raisonné (New Haven, 1995), p. 563, no. 1566 (ill.).
Chicago, Albert Roullier Art Galleries, “Original Drawings by Old and Modern Masters,” March 7-21, 1921, p. 5, cat. 47.
Chicago, Arts Club, “Portraits of Whistler and Some Original Drawings by Whistler, Loaned by Walter S. Brewster,” January 19-February 7, 1923, cat. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10.
Possibly Art Institute of Chicago, “Summer Exhibitions, James McNeill Whistler - Paintings, Prints, Whistleriana,” July 20-October 29, 1939, cat. 7 or 8.
Sold by Albert Roullier Gallery, Chicago, to Walter S. Brewster (1872-1954), Chicago, April 16, 1920 [invoice; stamp (Lugt 2651 a-b), recto, lower left, in blue]; given to the Art Institute, February 1933.
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