Lot 55

Thomas Hart Benton "Study of Foot and Shoe, Jacques Cartier Mural" Graphite (1956-57)

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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Foot and Shoe Study for Jacques Cartier Mural, 1956-57

Graphite on paper

8" x 4 3/4"


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "In this study for the Jacques Cartier mural of 1956-57, Benton focused on the shoe of the central soldier, in the group of three soldiers standing behind Cartier, to his right. In the final mural, this figure is shown striding forward, with his foot in a position similar to this drawing."


Matted to 20" x 16".


Good condition. Some rippling to the sheet as matted, minor wrinkle near the top, and a small number of very faint spots.

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.