Chimney Sweep (B), London

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Chimney Sweep (B), London, 1950, printed 1967

Platinum-palladium print, edition 5/27
49.3 x 37.5 cm (image); 57 x 45.5 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “SWEEP, LONDON 1950”; inscribed verso: “P485 / .. [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “5/27”; inscribed verso: “Platinum-palladium / Print made 1967”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle]”; stamped verso: “Deacidified to pH 8.5 9.5”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1951 by THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS LTD / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 27 prints of this / image in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding a total of 4 may exist. / I.P.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.263

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)

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 10 Permanent Collection Rotation, May–October, 2012.

Publication History

Sobieszek, Robert A. 1983. "Particulars: Selections from the Miller-Plummer Collection of Photography." Exh. cat. International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House. p. 23, pl. 64. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 84. (other print of this image)

Museum Ludwig. 1984. “Sammlung Gruber: Photographie des 20. Jarhunderts.” Exh. cat. Museum Ludwig. p. 340. (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. 35, cat. 22. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 123, cat. 62, pl. 73.

Heckert, Virginia and Anne Lacoste. 2009. “Irving Penn: Small Trades.” Exh. cat. J. Paul Getty Museum. pl. 20. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.