Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Lorry Washers, London, 1950, printed January 1977

Platinum-palladium print, edition 28/36
49.2 x 37.5 cm (image); 57.2 x 46.8 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “P1249 / .. [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “LORRY WASHERS, LONDON 1950”; inscribed verso: “Platinum-palladium / Print made January 1977”; stamped verso: “Deacidified”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / HAND COATED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “28/36 [in a circle]”; 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 36 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver / prints not exceeding a total of 6 may exist. / I.P.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.266

Copyright Condé Nast Publications, Ltd.

Lorry Washers, London

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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 (Chicago only). (Colin Westerbeck)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 168. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1974. “Worlds in a Small Room.” Grossman Publishers. p. 17. (other print of this image)

Museum Ludwig. 1984. “Sammlung Gruber: Photographie des 20. Jarhunderts.” Exh. cat. Museum Ludwig. p. 339. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. “Passage: A Work Record.” Knopf. p. 99. (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. 203. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 180, cat. 70.

Heckert, Virginia and Anne Lacoste. 2009. “Irving Penn: Small Trades.” Exh. cat. J. Paul Getty Museum. pl. 84. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.