Lot 53

Thomas Hart Benton "Study for Father Hennipen at Niagara Falls" Graphite (ca. 1960)

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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Study for "Father Hennepin at Niagara Falls," circa 1960

Graphite on paper

17" x 9 1/4"


A study of Father Hennepin, the titular figure of Benton’s Niagara mural [Baigell 128]. Signed lower right, and inscribed "Niagara Mural." Housed in a glazed frame measuring 27" x 19".


A few spatter stains, which have been touched up with white pigment to reduce visual impact. Wrinkling across the left side of the sheet from handling.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 27.00 in
Width: 19.00 in
Depth: 1.50 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.