Spencer Tracy, New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Spencer Tracy, New York, March 23, 1948, printed c. 1948

Gelatin silver print, edition of 26
24.3 x 19.6 cm (image); 25.2 x 20.4 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “REF 2196”; inscribed verso: “..”; inscribed verso: “SPENCER TRACY / NEW YORK, MAR. 23, 1948 [in a box]”; stamped verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1948 by THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS LTD. / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS LTD.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “SIGNED, SILVER PRINTS OF / THIS NEGATIVE NOT EXCEEDING 26.”; 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, 1996.201

Copyright Condé Nast Publications, Inc.

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)

London, England, National Portrait Gallery, "Irving Penn Portraits," February 18–May 30, 2010; traveled to the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, July 1-September 19, 2010. (Magda Keaney)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1991. “Passage: A Work Record.” Knopf. p. 53. (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. 30, cat. 12. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 68, cat. 29, pl. 20.

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.