Exhibitions/ Art Object

The Twelve Most Photographed Models, New York

Irving Penn (American, Plainfield, New Jersey 1917–2009 New York)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 13 3/8 x 16 15/16 in. (34 x 43 cm.) Sheet: 13 3/8 x 16 15/16 in. (34 x 43 cm.) Mount: 15 3/8 x 18 7/8 in. (39 x 48 cm.) Overall: 15 3/8 x 18 7/8 in. (39 x 48 cm.)
Credit Line:
Promised Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation
Rights and Reproduction:
© Condé Nast
Not on view
Owing to his evident talents with both still-life arrange-ment and portraiture, Penn was tasked with Vogue’s group portraits. These bravado feats of chore-ography were tough assignments, and given the compet-itiveness of many fashion models, this one could have been harrowing. Yet Penn relished this particular job, not only for its challenges but also because it was here that he met Lisa Fonssagrives (back row, center left, in profile). They were married in London three years later.
Inscription: Inscribed verso: “M.P.”; inscribed verso: “13708P-1”; stamped and inscribed verso: “REF. 11132”; inscribed verso: “••’’; inscribed verso: “THE TWELVE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED MODELS / NEW YORK, 1947 [in a box]”; inscribed verso: “ “PASSAGE” print”; stamped verso: “REPRODUCTION / PRINT”; inscribed verso: “Cut “A” P. 246-247 / DECADES 5”; stamped and inscribed verso: “COPYRIGHT (c) 1947 / NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT / WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC.”; inscribed verso: “TWELVE MODELS”; stamped verso: “PHOTOGRAPH / BY / PENN”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1947 — RENEWED 1975 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC. / not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “SIGNED, SILVER PRINTS OF / THIS NEGATIVE NOT EXCEEDING 24.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Print made near to date of / photographic sitting.”; inscribed and stamped verso: “PLEASE RETURN TO: / Irving Penn Studios / TELE: 212-695-0290”; inscribed on sticker adhered to verso: “cut A p.126 / The Studio”; inscribed verso: “BK”; inscribed on sticker adhered to verso: “LB 36328”