About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Father and Son with Eggs, Cuzco, 1948, printed May 1978

Platinum-palladium print, edition 4/14
30 x 28.9 cm (image); 57 x 36.2 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “1726 / .. [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “FATHER AND SON WITH EGGS [underlined] (CUZCO)”; inscribed verso: “BF Paper on Aluminum / Platinum-Palladium / Print made May 1978”; stamped verso: “Deacidified”; inscribed verso: “4/14”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1978 by IRVING PENN / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / photographer, and / The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 14 prints of this / image in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding 0 may exist.”

Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.258

Copyright The Irving Penn Foundation

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, "Far from Home: Photography, Travel, and Inspiration," January 20–May 6, 2007. (Elizabeth Siegel and Newell G. Smith)

Publication History

Liberman, Alexander. 1951. “The Art and Technique of Color Photography.” Simon and Schuster. p. 11, cat. 11. (other print of this image/variant in color)

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 95. (other print of this image/variant in color)

Penn, Irving. 1991. “Passage: A Work Record.” Knopf. p. 63. (other print of this image)

Photology. 1992. “Irving Penn: People in Passage.” Photology. p. 81. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 113, cat. 38, pl. 63.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 11. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.

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