Lot 41

Thomas Hart Benton "Study of Combine" Graphite (ca. 1963-64)

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Study of Combine and Study of Tire, circa 1963-4

Graphite on paper

10" x 14"


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams stated that he believes this combine drawing relates to Wyoming Hay (1964), and added the comment: "Benton’s careful drawings of machinery have been surprisingly consistent in style for decades, and this drawing is strikingly similar to the tractor that Benton sketched in 1928, although a little more precise and assured in execution."


Matted to 16" x 20".


Some minor abrasions scattered across the sheet, and a pinhole near the top left. Overall foxing and areas of slight mat burn.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 16.00 in
Width: 20.00 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.