Lot 19

Thomas Hart Benton "Farmer Unloading Wagon" Graphite (1945)

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

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Farmer Unloading Wagon, 1945

Graphite on paper

8 1/2" x 10 1/2"


Art historian Dr. Henry Adams: "While a different composition, the subject matter is close to that of Loading Corn, a lithograph of a harvest scene in Missouri that Benton executed in 1945. The sweeping lines of the corn shocks are strikingly similar in the two designs."


The reverse of the sheet has another study of a wagon pulled by two horses, matted to be visible as well. Matted to 20" x 16".


Good condition. Two areas of white pigment at the bottom margin/ border (original to the drawing, as the artist's lines are sketched over the pigment). Small scuff at the right edge of the sheet.

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.