Lot 110

Thomas Hart Benton "Sketches of Anthony Benton Gude" Graphite (ca. 1964)

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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Sketches of Anthony Benton Gude, circa 1964

Graphite on paper

10 1/2" x 7 1/2"


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "These are sketches of Benton’s grandson, Anthony Gude, born in 1964 to his daughter Jessie. Since many of the other drawings in this sketchbook relate to the painting Wyoming Hay of 1964, these studies must have been made about the same time. Anthony went on to study painting at the Art Students League in New York and is now a successful regional painter."


Matted to 20" x 16".


Very good condition.

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.