Lot 81

Thomas Hart Benton "Man Talking to Carriage Driver" Graphite

Estimate: $400 - $800
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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Man Talking to Carriage Driver

Graphite on tracing paper

5 1/2" x 7 1/2"

 

Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams noted that a similar carriage appears in the artist's 1946 lithograph Gateside Conversation. Matted to 20" x 16".

Condition

Prominent stain to the right of the horse. There is a small vertical tear at the top edge and a small hole near the top edge above the horse. Some overall wrinkling typical of tracing paper.

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.