• Three Decades with Irving Penn auction at Christies

    Sale 2397

    Three Decades with Irving Penn: Photographs from the Collection of Patricia McCabe

    14 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 39

    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)

    Dr. and Mrs. Gilbert H. Grosvenor, Washington D.C., 1951

    Price Realised  

    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)
    Dr. and Mrs. Gilbert H. Grosvenor, Washington D.C., 1951
    platinum-palladium print, printed 1973
    signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered '23/35', 'P 1015', inscribed 'Merry Christmas to Pat with love, 1988' in pencil, Penn/Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the verso)
    14 3/8 x 20 1/8in. (37.1 x 51.5cm.)


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    Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor (1875-1966), often regarded as the father of photojournalism, was President of The National Geographic Society and the first full-time editor of National Geographic Magazine from 1899 to 1954. Grosvenor is credited with having made the publication the bold chronicler of international scientific exploration that it became known as. His wife, Elsie May (1878-1974) was the daughter of Alexander Graham Bell.

    Literature

    Penn, Moments Preserved, Simon and Schuster, 1960, p. 114; Szarkowski, Irving Penn, The Museum of Modern Art, 1984, pl. 33; Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf Callaway, 1991, p. 113; Westerbeck, ed., Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, Art Institute of Chicago Little, Brown and Co., 1997, pl. 79, cat. no. 79, p. 146; Greenough, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, National Gallery of Art Yale University Press, 2005, pl. 34