Herdman Smith, Robert English, 1879-1945). THE BUTTERFLY. Etching in colors. Not dated. Edition size not more than 150. Titled and signed in pencil, and with a label on the frame, verso, indicating the work was printed by the artist, and that "only 150 impressions will be printed after which the plate will be destroyed.
Herdman-Smith was born in Liverpool and studied at Leeds, London, Paris, Antwerp and Munich. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and at the Paris Salon. Herdman-Smith travelled extensively on the continent and to Asia. He was Director of the School of Art, Canterbury, New Zealand. By 1930 he was living in Wareham, Dorset.