Lot 58

Thomas Hart Benton "Sketch of Farm House, Missouri Flood" Crayon (1936)

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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$75,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Sketch of Farm House, 1936

Crayon on paper

7" x 13 1/2"

 

Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "This sketch belongs to the Missouri flood series. One can discern the Missouri River and its distant shoreline in the space between the two houses. Similar shacks appear in Benton’s other works from this series, including the print Flood issued in 1937 by Associated American Artists."

 

Matted to 16" x 20".

Condition

Very good condition, noting negligible stray spots and mild mat burn toward the left edge.

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.