H. L. Mencken & George Jean Nathan, New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

H. L. Mencken & George Jean Nathan, New York, 1947, printed by 1972

Gelatin silver print, edition of 65
49.5 x 39.7 cm (image/paper); 60.9 x 50.6 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “REF. 389”; inscribed verso: “..”; inscribed verso: “H.L. MENCKEN (RT.) AND GEORGE JEAN NATHAN (L) / NEW YORK, 1947 [in a box]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1948–RENEWED 1977 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC. / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Print made before 1972. / I.P.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “SIGNED, SILVER PRINTS OF / THIS NEGATIVE NOT EXCEEDING 65.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.194

Copyright Condé Nast Publications, Inc.

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, 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 (Chicago only). (Colin Westerbeck)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 135. (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. 85. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 7. (other print of this image)

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. 100, cat. 64. (other print of this image/variant in platinum)

Penn, Irving. 1991. “Passage: A Work Record.” Knopf. p. 28. (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. 21, cat. 4. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 141, cat. 19, fig. 3.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 4. (other print of this image/variant in platinum)

Kelly, Marianne. 2011. “Out of the Dark Room: The David Kronn Collection.” Exh. cat. Irish Museum of Modern Art. p. 25. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.