About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Cigarette No. 50, New York, 1972, printed December 1974

Platinum-palladium print, edition 10/38
59.7 x 36.2 cm (image); 63.2 x 56 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “C434 [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Rives Paper on Aluminum / Multiple coating and printing / 1 [in a circle] Platinum / 2 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium”; inscribed verso: “NEG. NO. 50”; inscribed verso: “Print made December 1974”; inscribed verso: “10/38”; stamped verso: “DEACIDIFIED”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1974 by / IRVING PENN / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / photographer.”; inscribed verso: “No more than 38 original prints of / this image will ever be made. / IP.”

Restricted gift of Mrs. Leigh B. Block, 1977.914

Copyright The Irving Penn Foundation

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "Industrial Effects: Twentieth Century Photographs from the Permanent Collection," July 24–October 17, 1993. (Sylvia Wolf)

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, “Irving Penn: A Tribute,” October 31–December 13, 2009. (Matthew S. Witkovsky)

Publication History

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 183, cat. 114.

Hamiltons Gallery, London. 2012. “Irving Penn: Cigarettes.” Exh. cat. Hamiltons Gallery/Irving Penn Foundation. pl. 9. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Marlborough Gallery, New York [then the artist's representative], by September 1977; sold to the Art Institute, 1977.

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