• 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 55

    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)

    Old Man (Dahomey), 1967

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)
    Old Man (Dahomey), 1967
    platinum-palladium print, flush-mounted on aluminum, printed 1985
    signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered '1/16', '3324', inscribed 'For Pat, Merry Christmas' in pencil, Penn/Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the reverse of the flush-mount)
    15 5/8 x 15½in. (40.3 x 40cm.)


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    Literature

    Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, Grossman, 1974, p. 41, variant; Szarkowski, Irving Penn, The Museum of Modern Art, 1984, pl. 95; Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf Callaway, 1991, p. 170, image reversed


    Post Lot Text

    Irving Penn describes this subject (variant frame) in his caption in Worlds in a Small Room as 'A magnificent Methuselah of central Dahomey'. (p. 41)