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Inscription

center verso in graphite: 682 (circled) / H.L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan / (New York, 1947) (in square) / 7/17 / Print made 1985 / Rives Paper on Aluminum / Platinum-palladium / Single coating, multiple printing; center verso: artist's copyright stamp with graphite addition: 1948 renewed 1976; stamp: In addition to 17 (graphite addition) numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed silver / prints not exceeding a total of 65 (graphite addition) may exist.; stamp: Hand-coated by the photographer; with graphite addition: IP; stamp: Irving Penn; with graphite addition: Irving Penn (circled); upper right in graphite: JF[?]

Provenance

Irving Penn; gift to NGA, 2002.