Lot 84

Thomas Hart Benton "Farm Scene, Man Roping Horse" Graphite (ca. 1939-41)

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Farm Scene with Man Roping Horse, circa 1939-41

Graphite on paper

5 1/2" x 8 1/2"


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "This drawing may relate to the sketching trip Benton made with Colonel Graham in 1939. Alternatively, it may date from the period 1940-41, when Benton made paintings of farms and landscapes in Missouri."


The drawing was executed on the back of Benton's personal letterhead. Matted to 20" x 16".


Good condition. There is an angled crease to the right of the sheet, as well as some mild overall wrinkling. Negligible amount of faint foxing.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 20.00 in
Width: 16.00 in
Depth: 0.50 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.