Lot 78

Thomas Hart Benton "Sawmill" Graphite (1928)

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Sawmill, 1928

Graphite on paper

8 1/2" x 11 1/2"


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "The style of this drawing suggests that it was made during Benton’s sketching trip in 1928 with Bill Hayden. It may well belong to the same lumber camp series as the preceding sketch. In any case, the sawmill is identical to the one that appears in a drawing in the Benton Trust, reproduced in Karal Ann Marling’s book on Tom Benton’s drawings. While this drawing shows the end of the make-shift structure, the one in the Trust shows the central section of the building, where the motor and saw wheel were located, with two men sitting on a log in front."


Matted to 16" x 20".


Good condition, with some minor discoloration toward the edges of the sheet. Lightly scuffed.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 16.00 in
Width: 20.00 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.