Lot 24

Thomas Hart Benton "Tug" Gouache (ca. 1924-28)

Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000
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Thomas Hart Benton

(Missouri, 1889-1975)

Tug, 1924-8

Gouache on pressboard

20" x 13"


Benton scholar Dr. Henry Adams: "This gouache does not relate to any known finished painting by Benton although a similar tugboat appears in the background of his Coal panel of the America Today mural of 1930. Stylistically this drawing seems to predate the America Today mural by several years. It probably dates from the period 1924-28 when Benton was making sketches of construction sites and other New York subjects."


Signed and titled to the reverse. Housed in a glazed frame measuring 24" x 17".


Very good condition.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 24.00 in
Width: 17.00 in
Depth: 1.50 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.