About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Black & White Vogue Cover (Jean Patchett), New York, 1950, printed 1968

Platinum-palladium print, edition 33/34
41.5 x 34.6 cm (image); 57.6 x 48.8 cm (paper)
Inscribed and stamped verso: “Photographed in New York 1950 / IRVING PENN”; inscribed verso: “BLACK AND WHITE VOGUE COVER [in a box]”; inscribed verso: “P431 / .. [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Platinum-palladium / Print made 1968”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn [in a circle] / Hand-coated by the photographer / IRVING PENN”; inscribed verso: “33/34 [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 34 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver / prints of a similar negative not exceeding a total of 16 may exist.”; stamped verso: “Deacidified”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1950 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”

Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.232

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, "Photographs by the Score: Personal Visions Twenty-Some Years Apart," October 7, 2006–January 14, 2007. (David Travis)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 159. (other print of this image/variant with different cropping)

Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin. 1975. “I platini di Irving Penn: 25 anni di fotografia.” Exh. cat. Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna/Ages Arti Grafiche. p. 21. (other print of this image)

Marlborough Gallery, New York. 1977. “Irving Penn: Photographs in Platinum Metals, Images 1947–1975.” Exh. cat. Marlborough Gallery. n.pag., cat. 80. (other print of this image)

Gee, Hellen. 1980. "Photography of the Fifties: an American Perspective." Exh. cat. Center for Creative Photography/University of Arizona. p. 153. (other print of this image)

Detroit Institute of Arts. 1983. "Photographs from Detroit Collections: An Exhibition Inaugurating the Albert and Peggy de Salle Gallery of Photography." Exh. cat. Detroit Institute of Arts. p. 36, cat. 81, fig. 18. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 48. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 100. (other print of this image?)

Photology. 1992. “Irving Penn: People in Passage.” Photology. p. 19. (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. 51, cat. 31. (other print of this image/variant in gelatin silver with different cropping on p. 13, cat. 1)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 28, cat. 60, pl. 4.

High Museum of Art, Atlanta. 2000. “Chorus of Light: Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection.” Exh. cat. High Museum of Art/Rizzoli. p. 65. (other print of this image/variant in gelatin silver)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.

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