Samuel Jones Wagstaff was an American curator, art critic and art collector. In 1972, Wagstaff first met Robert Mapplethorpe. During this period, Wagstaff became convinced that photographs would become the most valuable art movement. He began selling his collection of paintings and used the proceeds to buy 19th-century American, British and French photography. Wagstaff became one of his most important collectors. Then, influenced by Mapplethorpe, Wagstaff's tastes turned towards daring groundbreaking erotic, rough and violent photography. His collection was soon recognized as one of the finest private possessions in the United States. In 1984 Wagstaff's photo collection went to the J. Paul Getty Museum. In this capacity the still young Paul Blanca met Wagstaff during his visit to New York.


Original photograph (c-print), hand signed by Paul Blanca.

Dimension: 42 x 30 cm.

Year: approx. 1985. Photo of a later date.

Condition: very good

Provenance: from a private collection, obtained directly from Paul Blanca

Samuel Jones Wagstaff - mentor and benefactor of Robert Mapplethorpe