Seven Metal, Seven Bone, New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Seven Metal, Seven Bone, New York, February 1980, printed September 1981

Platinum-palladium print, edition 3/41
33.5 x 53.2 cm (image); 40.5 x 60.9 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “.. / AR 1213”; inscribed verso: “SEVEN METAL, SEVEN BONE [in a box] / neg. made FEB. 1980”; inscribed verso; “3/41”; inscribed verso: “Platinum-palladium / Strathmore Paper on aluminum”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1980 by / IRVING PENN”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso; “In addition to 41 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, a number of unsigned silver prints / for reproduction in publications may exist.”; inscribed verso; “Print made September 1981.”
Gift of Alexander Liberman, 1985.917

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)

Publication History

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. 68, cat. 55. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p.231. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 183, cat. 123.