Lot 71

Thomas Hart Benton "Farm Sketches" Graphite (ca. 1963)

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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Farm Sketches from the Nature Sketchbook, circa 1963

Graphite on paper

7" x 10 3/4"

 

According to Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams, "Several of the sketches [from the Nature Sketchbook] portray the Tetons near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which Benton visited around 1963."

 

Signed to the bottom left. Housed in a glazed frame measuring 21 3/4" x 17 3/4".

Condition

Good condition, noting a little bit of smudging and a minor wrinkle in the top right corner of the sheet.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 21.75 in
Width: 17.75 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.