Lot 108

Thomas Hart Benton "Sketch of Wooden Canvas Mounting" Graphite (ca. 1948)

Estimate: $100 - $200
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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Sketch of Wooden Canvas Mounting, circa 1948

Graphite on paper

11 1/4" x 11 3/4"


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "This sketch of a canvas mounting clearly comes from the same sketchbook as the previous drawing of the artist’s daughter Jessie and consequently must date from about 1948."


Matted to 24" x 30".


Discoloration to the top third of the sheet, and some scattered foxing with accompanying stain reduction.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 24.00 in
Width: 30.00 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.