About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Cecil Beaton, London, 1950, printed March/April 1977

Platinum-palladium print, edition 8/15
38.2 x 37.1 cm (image); 52 x 51 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “119 / .. [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “CECIL BEATON [in a box] / PHOTOGRAPHED IN LONDON, 1950.”; inscribed verso: “BF 360 Paper on Aluminum / Multiple Coating and Printing / 1 [in a circle] Platinum / 2 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / Print made March–April 1977.”; stamped verso: “DEACIDIFIED”; inscribed verso: “8/15”; stamped verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1958 by / LES EDITIONS CONDE NAST S.A. / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 15 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed silver / prints not exceeding a total of 15 may exist.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle].”

Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.206

Copyright Les Editions Condé Nast S.A.

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, “Irving Penn, A Career in Photography,” November 22, 1997–February 1, 1998; traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, State Hermitage Museum, March 1–May 16, 1998; Hamburg, Germany, Deichtorhallen, June 18–September 6, 1998; Munich, Germany, Müchner Stadtmuseum, October 6, 1998–February 21, 1999; San Francisco, California, Friends of Photography/Ansel Adams Center for Photography, November 11, 1999–January 23, 2000; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 25–June 4, 2000; Paris, France, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, September 13–November 5, 2000. (Colin Westerbeck)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 85. (other print of this image)

Varnedoe, Kirk. 1976. "Modern Portraits: the Self and Others." Exh. cat. Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University/Wildenstein Gallery. p. 124, fig. 91. (other print of this image)

Marlborough Fine Art, London. 1981. “Irving Penn: Photographs in Platinum Metals, Images 1947–1975.” Marlborough Fine Art London. p. 8, cat. 7. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 21. (other print of this image)

Museum Ludwig. 1984. “Sammlung Gruber: Photographie des 20. Jarhunderts.” Exh. cat. Museum Ludwig. p. 341. (other print of this image)

Foresta, Merry A. and William F. Stapp. 1990. “Irving Penn: Master Images.” Exh. cat. National Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian Institution Press. p. 39, cat. 26. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. “Passage: A Work Record.” Knopf. p. 95. (other print of this image)

Hürlimann, Annemarie. 1994. “Irving Penn: Collection privée/Irving Penn: Privatsammlung.” Exh. cat. Musée d’art et d’histoire/Editions Bentali. p. 30, cat. 30. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 30, cat. 61, pl. 6.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 25. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.

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