Lot 39

Thomas Hart Benton "Drawing of a Head" Graphite (1930s)

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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Drawing of a Head, circa 1930s

Graphite on paper

6 3/4" x 4 1/2"



Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams commented, "This drawing probably dates from the mid to late 1930s and could be a record of Benton’s son Thomas Piacenza Benton, always known as T.P. Born in 1924, T.P. would have been in his early ‘teens during the late 1930s."


Signed to the bottom right. Housed in a glazed frame measuring 15 1/2" x 12 1/2".


Good condition. The sheet shows some toning and a few faint spots.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 15.50 in
Width: 12.50 in
Depth: 1.25 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.