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  • Provenance

    The Estate of Thomas T. Solley
    Christie's, New York, 18 October 2007, lot 403

  • Literature

    Printemps des Artes de Monte-Carlo, Irving Penn, pl. 57

  • Artist Biography

    Irving Penn

    American • 1917 - 2009

    Arresting portraits, exquisite flowers, luscious food and glamorous models populate Irving Penn's meticulously rendered, masterful prints. Penn employed the elegant simplicity of a gray or white backdrop to pose his subjects, be it a model in the latest Parisian fashion, a famous subject or veiled women in Morocco.

    Irving Penn's distinct aesthetic transformed twentieth-century elegance and style, with each brilliant composition beautifully articulating his subjects. Working across several photographic mediums, Penn was a master printmaker. Regardless of the subject, each and every piece is rendered with supreme beauty. 

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88

Sir John Gielgud, New York

1947
Gelatin silver print.
9 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (24.4 x 19.4 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, annotated 'Courtesy of Vogue' and 'Print made near to date of photographic sitting' in ink, credit and Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 25.

Estimate
$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $12,500

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Photographs

4 April 2012
New York