Lot 102

Thomas Hart Benton "Studies of Farm Equipment and Corn" Graphite (ca. 1938)

Estimate: $500 - $1,000
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$500 $50
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$100,000 $10,000

Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Studies of Farm Equipment and Corn, circa 1938

Graphite on paper

10" x 12 1/2"


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "This may date from the month-long sketching trip that Benton took in May of 1938, with his student Jim Fitzgerald, during which they traced a zig-zag route through Louisiana, Oklahoma, southern Missouri, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The trip resulted in Benton’s painting Roasting Ears, 1938-39, which was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1939."


Matted to 16" x 20".


There is mat burn and foxing along the left edge. Minor smudging near the bottom 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.