Tennessee Williams, New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Tennessee Williams, New York, February 13, 1951, printed 1983

Platinum-palladium print, edition 1/15
39 x 38.8 cm (image); 58 x 50.7 cm (paper); 61 x 50.7 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “2977 [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “TENNESSEE WILLIAMS [in a box] / PHOTOGRAPHED IN NEW YORK FEB. 13, 1951”; inscribed verso: “1/15”; inscribed verso: “Rives Paper on Aluminum / Multiple Coating and Printing / 1 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / 2 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / Print made 1983”; stamped verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1951 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC. / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 15 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver / prints not exceeding a total of 35 may exist.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.210

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. (Colin Westerbeck)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 137. (other print of this image)

Hambourg, Maria Morris. 1984. "Photographers and Authors: A Collection of Portraits of Twentieth-Century Writers." Exh. cat. Carleton College. pl. 25. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 31. (other print of this image)

Printemps des Artes de Monte-Carlo, Monaco. 1986. “Irving Penn.” Exh. cat. Printemps des Artes de Monte-Carlo. pl. 14. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 110. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 149, cat. 75, pl. 82.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 35. (other print of this image)

Keaney, Magdalene. 2010. “Irving Penn Portraits.” Exh. cat. National Portrait Gallery, London. p. 47, pl. 16. (other print of this image/variant in gelatin silver)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.