Lot 70

Thomas Hart Benton "Farm Studies for the Missouri Mural" Graphite (ca. 1936)

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
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Thomas Hart Benton 

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Tractor and Silo Studies for the Missouri Mural, circa 1936

Graphite on paper

12 1/2" x 13 1/4"


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "This is a study for the farm scene just to the right of the doorway on the long wall of Benton’s Missouri mural. An image of modern farming complements Benton’s representation of a pioneer farm on the other side of the door. In the mural, the tractor appears as it is sketched here, but the silo and farm machinery are flipped to a mirror image, to suit the rhythmic requirements of the design."


Matted to 24" x 18".


Creasing along the bottom and at the top left, and some wrinkling across the sheet. Tape stain along the left edge. Several pinholes at the top left. Some minor smudging above the tractor and figure, and a few specks at the top of the silo.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 24.00 in
Width: 18.00 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.