Lot 10

Thomas Hart Benton "Study for Trail Riders" Graphite (ca. 1964-65)

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

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Study of Horseback Figure for Trail Riders, circa 1964-65

Graphite on paper

7" x 8"


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "In 1964 Benton made a riding trip into the Canadian Rockies, covering the distance from Banff to Mount Assiniboine with some nine and a half hours of riding divided into two days. It was the first time he had been on horseback in more than thirty years. During this trip he made a series of drawings of Mount Assiniboine, and in the autumn he started a large painting, Trail Riders [Baigell 211], which he completed in 1965. This is a study for the first cowboy on the left in Trail Riders. The painting is now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C."


Matted to 20" x 16".


Good condition, noting a pinhole to the top right of the sheet, and some faint scattered foxing.

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.