Irving Penn - Photographs London Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Hamiltons Gallery, London

  • Literature

    I. Penn, Passage: A Work Record, New York: Knopf, 1991, p. 77 (variant)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "I myself have always stood in the awe of the camera. I recognise it for the instrument it is, part Stradivarius, part scalpel." IRVING PENN

  • 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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Girl behind glass (Jean Patchett), New York

Gelatin silver print.
39.8 x 38.1 cm (15 5/8 x 15 in)
Signed, titled, dated, initialled, annotated 'print made near to date of photographic sitting' in ink, Condé Nast copyright credit (courtesy Vogue) reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the mount. One from an edition of 12.

£30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for £37,500

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London 7 November 2013 4pm