Coal Man (B), London

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Coal Man (B), London, 1950, printed July 1976

Platinum-palladium print, edition 13/31
49.9 x 34.5 cm (image); 57 x 45.4 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “P1403 / ..”; inscribed verso: “COALMAN, LONDON, 1950 [in a box]”; stamped verso: “IRVING PENN”; inscribed verso: “13/51 [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Platinum-palladium / Print made July 1976”; stamped verso: “Deacidified”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 31 prints of this / image in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding a total of 5 may exist.”; 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.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.264

Copyright Condé Nast Publications, Ltd.

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)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 164. (other print of this image/variant with different pose)

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. 24. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 87. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 116, cat. 64, pl. 66.

Heckert, Virginia and Anne Lacoste. 2009. “Irving Penn: Small Trades.” Exh. cat. J. Paul Getty Museum. pl. 102. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.