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"An Orange Note - Booths, Paris" c.1885 - 1886

Gilded reeded (1) s. with a butterfly; c.r.
(2) Inscr. in pencil in unknown hands; v. "No 23y / No 20" (crossed out), "No 22y" CRE WHISTLER, James McNeill; (American; 1834-1903) The number "22y" is written on the verso (all paintings in the exhibitions of "Notes", "Harmonies", and "Nocturnes" of 1884, 1886 and 1889 bear such inscriptions) and a contemporary description in the Sun newspaper reads…