Oliver Smith, Jane Bowles & Paul Bowles, New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Oliver Smith, Jane Bowles & Paul Bowles, New York, May 23, 1947, printed c. 1947

Gelatin silver print, edition of 28
24.4 x 19.5 cm (image); 25.2 x 20.4 cm (paper)
Stamped and inscribed verso: “REF. 3206”; inscribed verso: “OLIVER SMITH / JANE AND PAUL BOWLES / NEW YORK, MAY 23, 1947 [in a box]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1960, by Irving Penn, COURTESY OF VOGUE / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner and / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “SIGNED, SILVER PRINTS OF / THIS NEGATIVE NOT EXCEEDING 28.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Print made near to date of / photographic sitting. / IP.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.196

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, 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)

London, England, National Portrait Gallery, "Irving Penn Portraits," February 18–June 6, 2010.

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 147. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. “Passage: A Work Record.” Knopf. p. 36. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 134, cat. 16, fig. 6.

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.