Lot 49

Thomas Hart Benton "Sketch of Current River" Graphite (ca. 1962-63)

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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$100,000 $10,000

Thomas Hart Benton 

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Sketch of Current River, circa 1962-63

Graphite on paper

11" x 13"

 

Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "This nature study was probably made along the Current River, where Benton made a float trip in 1962 or 1963 with his friend Lyman Field. The best-known painting from this trip is Cave Spring, of 1963."

 

Matted to 20" x 24".

Condition

Foxing and specks, particularly along the right edge.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 20.00 in
Width: 24.00 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.