Lot 66

Thomas Hart Benton "Study for Jessie at the Piano, Seated Figure" Graphite (ca. 1946-47)

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Study for 'Jessie at the Piano' and Sketch of Seated Figure, circa 1946-47

Graphite on paper

18 1/2" x 11"


Signed to the bottom right of the study for "Jessie at the Piano." Matted to 30" x 24". A small architectural element is sketched to the reverse of the sheet, displayed in a mat window measuring 7" x 5".


Good condition. Two specks to the right of the seated figure, and some faint scattered foxing (some stain reduction to a few spots to minimize the visual impact). Very mild wrinkling.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 30.00 in
Width: 24.00 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.