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Bes seated under Lamp - 1963

Bes seated under Lamp - 1963

Signed (verso in pencil) silver gelatin print, c1980

Haskins did all his printing for his creative work with a handful of exceptions. He also passed away (2009) with only 2.5% of his archive signed. The Haskins archive is characterised by a very broad creative range, including many iconic works. Still, there is only a very small number of silver gelatin prints for each image (typically 1-3 copies, sometimes a few more), so signed works are especially rare. Sam Haskins built his reputation on his legendary books, which meant he originally printed to make maquettes (4 for each 60’s title) for presentation to publishers, not to produce stock for the print market. In other words, Sam Haskins silver gelatine are organically hyper-limited, there are no ‘editions’ of his vintage black and white work.


40.7 x 30.3 cm (16.02 x 11.93 in) | Image 40.1 x 29.1 cm (15.78 x 11.47 in)


To the best of our knowledge, this is the only signed print of this artwork.


This Sam Haskins work is sourced directly from The Sam Haskins Estate which is run by the artist’s son. Born in 1955, Ludwig provides a living link with the entire history of Sam’s career.


Individually stamped and certified by the estate. Each print purchase comes with a certificate of authenticity.

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Bes seated under Lamp - 1963

Sam Haskins

“Often copied but rarely equaled, Haskins-who used mostly non-professional models- has an exceptional ability to photograph women with a sensitivity that has won him accolades from men and women in equal measure.”
Philippe Garner (Specialist in photography and Director at Christies, London)