Lot 83

Thomas Hart Benton "Study for Fisherman's Camp, Buffalo River" Graphite (1968)

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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri. 1889-1975)

Study for "Fisherman's Camp, Buffalo River," 1968

Graphite on paper

10 1/4" x 13 1/2"


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "This is a study of a bat cave on the Buffalo River and shows the motif that later developed into the painting Fisherman’s Camp #1 [Baigell 219] of 1968. The leaves that Benton studied on the right appear in the painting on the far right."


Matted to 16" x 20".


Good to fair condition, noting some scattered stains in the top right and along the left edge. Scraping to the sheet in the upper left and center. The sheet is bright white, free of toning or acid burn.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 15.00
Width: 10.62

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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.