Lot 25
  • 25

Irving Penn

40,000 - 60,000 GBP
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  • Irving Penn
  • 'Rag and Bones', London, 1950
  • Platinum-palladium print
  • Image 42 x 33 cm (16½ x 13 in.);sheet 57 x 45.5 cm (22½ x 18 in). 
Platinum-palladium print, printed 1976. Signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered 25/32 and P1130 in pencil, with the Penn/Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the verso. 


Hamiltons Gallery, London
Private collection, UK


Irving Penn, Passage, Alfred A. Knopf/Callaway, New York, 1991, p. 98.
Exhibition catalogue, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 2005, cat. no. 31.
Virginia A. Heckert and Anne Lacoste, Irving Penn: Small Trades, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2009, pl. 200.

Catalogue Note

These four beautiful platinum prints belong to Penn’s series Small Trades, which he began photographing in 1950 in Paris, London and New York. He sought to document trades which would eventually disappear and as a result this body of work stands as a historical piece of the mid-20th century. The portraits were executed in the same simple manner his fashion works were conducted. Penn welcomed to his atelier the subjects, who had previously been scouted by his assistant, and captured them in their full work attire accompanied by tools of their occupation.