Lot 54

Thomas Hart Benton "Study for Jacques Cartier" Gouache & Charcoal (ca. 1956)

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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri. 1889-1975)

Study for Jacques Cartier in "Jacques Cartier Discovers the Indians", circa 1956

Charcoal and gouache on Fabriano paperboard

19" x 12 1/2"


An early figural study for Jacques Cartier, the titular figure in a two-panel mural commemorating the discovery of the St. Lawrence Valley [Baigell 125], commissioned by the New York Power Authority for the St. Lawrence Power Project hydropower facility in Massena. Signed to the bottom right. Housed in a glazed frame measuring 30 1/2" x 23 1/2".


Good condition. There is a horizontal crease across the bottom and a vertical crease to the left of the paperboard.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 30.50 in
Width: 23.50 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.