Lot 40

Thomas Hart Benton "Study for Lady of the Books" Graphite (1971)

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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Thomas Hart Benton 

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Study for "Lady of the Books," 1971

Graphite on paper

9 1/2" x 9"


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "This is a study of the painting Lady of the Books [Baigell 228], a likeness of Pam Hoezel. At the time, Pam was the girlfriend of John Callison, a young man who often ran errands for Benton. Callison’s likeness appears in Benton’s Joplin mural of 1972."


Matted to 20" x 16".


Some small scattered stains across the sheet (mostly to the right edge and lower area. Slight wrinkle to the sheet at the left edge by the elbow.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 20.00 in
Width: 16.00 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.