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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Francis Bacon, London, June 1962, printed c. 1962

Gelatin silver print, edition of 15
38.1 x 35.1 cm (image); 40.6 x 38.3 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “..”; inscribed verso: “FRANCIS BACON / LONDON, JUNE 1962 [in a box]”; inscribed verso: “REF. 9541”; inscribed verso: “Print made near to date of photographic sitting. / I.P.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; stamped verso: “COPYRIGHT / NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT / WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS, INC.”; stamped verso: “Photograph / by / PENN”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1983 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC. / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “SIGNED, SILVER PRINTS OF / THIS NEGATIVE NOT EXCEEDING 15.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.213

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

Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin. 1975. “I platini di Irving Penn: 25 anni di fotografia.” Exh. cat. Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna/Ages Arti Grafiche. p. 32. (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. 48, cat. 35. (other print of this image/variant in platinum)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 136. (other print of this image)

Fraser, Kennedy. 1992. “On the Edge: Images from 100 Years of Vogue.” Exh. cat. New York Public Library/Random House. p. 141. (other print of this image)

Lundström, Jan-Erik. 1995. “Irving Penn fotografier: en donation till mine av Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn/Irving Penn Photographs: A Donation in Memory of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn.” Exh. cat. Moderna Museet/Raster Förlag. p. 161. (other print of this image/variant in platinum)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 181, cat. 91.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 42. (other print of this image/variant in platinum)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.