Lot 20

Thomas Hart Benton "Boy with Cap" Oil (ca. 1940)

Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000
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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Boy with Cap, circa 1940

Oil on cardboard

9 1/4" x 6" (sight)


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "The style of the cap portrayed in this oil study is similar to those worn by the bystanders in Benton’s sketch of Pop and the Boys of April 1939 in the Benton Trust. No doubt it dates from roughly the same period."


Housed in a glazed frame measuring 19 1/2" x 13".


Very good condition. Slight scuff and scratch at the top of the image visible only under raking light. The frame is in excellent condition.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 19.50 in
Width: 13.00 in
Depth: 1.00 in

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Acquired by Vincent and Leah Campanella directly from Thomas and Rita Benton over the course of their 25 year friendship. A portion of the collection was given to the Campanellas by Rita in 1975 as compensation for Vincent completing "The Sources of Country Music," the mural left unfinished when Tom passed away in 1975. Vincent Campanella was later prominently featured in the Ken Burns documentary Thomas Hart Benton (1988). In 2001, the Campanella family sold the collection to the current owner, a private Kansas City collector.

Benton scholar and author, Dr. Henry Adams, has authenticated the entire collection in person. You can find his essay documenting the 25 year tumultuous friendship of Vincent and Thomas and the origins of the collection at Circle-Auction.com. A copy of his essay will be provided to all winning bidders.