Optician's Window (Later Version), New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Optician's Window (Later Version), New York, 1942, printed 1983

Gelatin silver print, edition of 7
26.9 x 25.4cm (image); 35.5 x 27.6 (paper)
Inscribed verso: “REF 12497”; inscribed verso: “OPTICIAN’S SHOP WINDOW (LATER VERSION) [in a box] / NEW YORK, 1942”; stamped verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1984 by IRVING PENN / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”; stamped and signed verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Print made 1983”; stamped verso: “TONED IN SELENIUM”; stamped and inscribed verso: “SIGNED, SILVER PRINTS OF / THIS NEGATIVE NOT EXCEEDING 7.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.189

Copyright The Irving Penn Foundation

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

AIC, “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, Münchner Stadtmuseum, October 6, 1998–February 21, 1999; San Francisco, California, Friends of Photography/Ansel Adams Center for Photography, July 28–October 10,1999; Tokyo, Japan, Metropolitan Museum of Photography, November 11, 1999–January 23, 2000; Houston, Texas, 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

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 147, cat. 11, pl. 80.

Penn, Irving. 2001. “Still Life.” Bulfinch Press. n.pag. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.