Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Company of the Butterfly, London, by at least 1906 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Whistler List, Etchings, pg. 96, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Society of the Butterfly [Company of the Butterfly] was James McNeill Whistler's London business through which he sold his works. This etching was given a registration number of 1906, the year when it was included in the Smithsonian Inventory, because there is no other record of its purchase (see Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record).
 The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.