IRVING PENN | DR. & MRS. GILBERT H. GROSVENOR
6,000 - 9,000 USD
DR. & MRS. GILBERT H. GROSVENOR
platinum-palladium print, flush-mounted to aluminum, signed, dated, editioned '15/35,' and annotated in pencil, stamped, and with a typed label on the reverse, framed, 1951, printed in 1968 (Moments Preserved, p. 114)
14⅜ by 20⅛ in. (36.5 by 51.1 cm.)
This platinum-palladium print is in generally very good condition. The print is somewhat warm overall. The margins are slightly darkened in a one-inch band at the periphery of the image. There is minor wear to the margin edges and corners, not affecting the image.
On the reverse of the mount are the following annotations in pencil: '125' [circled], '1st printing palladium-iridium / 2nd printing platinum-palladium / 3rd printing platinum-palladium / on Wiggins Teape paper / Print December 1968'; and 'SP6W'.
The following is on a typed label: 'Dr. & Mrs. Gilbert H. Grosvenor / Photograph by Irving Penn / Copyright [C] 1951 by / The Conde Nast Publications Inc. / Not to be reproduced without written / permission of the copyright owner. / (Not deacidified).' A stamp reads 'Hand-coated by the photographer.'
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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Light Gallery, New York, 1984
Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor (1875-1966) and his wife Elsie May (1878-1974) had formidable ties to scientific and technological developments in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dr. Grosvenor was President of The National Geographic Society and the editor of National Geographic Magazine from 1899 to 1954. Considered the father of photojournalism, he was instrumental in establishing the periodical as a leading chronicle of scientific exploration. Mrs. Grosvenor was the daughter of Alexander Graham Bell, who patented the invention of the telephone in 1876.