Lot 80

Thomas Hart Benton "Study of Trains on Track" Graphite (ca. 1928)

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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Study of Trains on Track, circa 1928

Graphite on paper

8 1/2" x 10"


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "Benton was fascinated by trains throughout his life. This dynamic study of industrial buildings, freight cars, and two steam locomotives surely dates from 1928 and must have been sketched from life in the coal country of Pennsylvania or West Virginia. While the composition is different, the imagery is similar to that in the Coal panel of Benton’s mural America Today. Similar vistas occur in other drawings from 1928, such as Miners Going to Work in the Benton Trust."


Housed in a glazed frame measuring 21 3/4" x 17 3/4".


Very good condition, noting only a few minor spots to the sheet in the sky area.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 21.75 in
Width: 17.75 in
Depth: 1.00 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.