About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Girl Drinking (Mary Jane Russell), New York, 1949, printed July 1979

Platinum-palladium-iridium print, edition 8/25
52 x 49.2 cm
Inscribed verso: “865 / .. [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPHED IN NEW YORK, 1949 IRVING PENN”; inscribed verso: “GIRL DRINKING (MJR) [in a box]”; inscribed verso “8/25”; inscribed verso: “Rives Paper on Aluminum / Multiple coating and printing / 1 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / 2 [in a circle] Platinum-iridium / Print made July 1979.”; stamped verso: “Deacidified”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1949 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC. / Not to be reproduced without written permission of the copyright owner.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 25 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered but signed, silver / prints not exceeding a total of 15 may exist.”

Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.228

Copyright Condé Nast Publications, Inc.

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)

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "A Case for Wine: From King Tut to Today," July 11–September 20, 2009. (Christopher Monkhouse)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 143. (other print of this image)

Hall-Duncan, Nancy. 1979. "The History of Fashion Photography." Exh. cat. International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House/Alpine Book Company. p. 150. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 41. (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. 26, cat. 13. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 76. (other print of this image)

Photology. 1992. “Irving Penn: People in Passage.” Photology. p. 67. (other print of this image)

Lundström, Jan-Erik. 1995. “Irving Penn fotografier: en donation till mine av Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn/Irving Penn Photographs: A Donation in Memory of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn.” Exh. cat. Moderna Museet/Raster Förlag. p. 107. (other print of this image/variant in gelatin silver)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 127, cat. 43, pl. 77.

Penn, Irving. 2004. “A Notebook at Random.” Bulfinch Press. p. 113. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.

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