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Thomas Hart Benton 'Ten Pound Hammer' Signed Lithograph

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Thomas Hart Benton 'Ten Pound Hammer' Signed Lithograph

Lot 0020 Details

Description
Thomas Hart Benton
(American, 1889-1975)
Ten Pound Hammer, 1967
Lithograph on Rives paper
13 3/4" x 10"
Edition of 300

"Old story of my youth - before the steam hammer beat out John Henry." -Thomas Hart Benton

From an edition of 300. Pencil-signed "Benton" in the lower right margin, and titled in pencil in the lower left margin. Sheet watermarked Rives, not laid down, all edges deckled, beautiful condition. Sheet measures 17 3/4" x 13", in a contemporary silver leaf frame that measures 23" x 18 1/2".

Among the most notable and beloved of Thomas Hart Benton's lithographs, Ten Pound Hammer is inspired by American folk hero John Henry, and features a favorite Benton motif: the steam-powered train. American musical traditions were also an important inspiration for many of Benton's works, from Frankie and Johnnie (1935-1936) in his WPA-funded Missouri state capitol mural to his final work, The Sources of Country Music (1975). The story of John Henry was told in song by several musicians of Benton's day including Lead Belly, Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy, and Woody Guthrie.

Literature: Creekmore Fath, The Lithographs of Thomas Hart Benton, Austin, Texas, 1990, 79.
Condition
The top of the sheet is hinged to the backing mat with two pieces of archival tape. No toning noted, the work appears very crisp and clean in frame. Very gentle acid burn is visible only outside the mat sight, caused by non-archival matting.
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Thomas Hart Benton 'Ten Pound Hammer' Signed Lithograph

Estimate $5,000 - $8,000
Dec 07, 2019
Starting Price $2,500
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0020: Thomas Hart Benton 'Ten Pound Hammer' Signed Lithograph

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Est. $5,000 - $8,000Starting Price $2,500
Art + Antiques: Sandzen & Benton Collection
Sat, Dec 07, 2019 11:00 AM
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Lot 0020 Details

Description
...
Thomas Hart Benton
(American, 1889-1975)
Ten Pound Hammer, 1967
Lithograph on Rives paper
13 3/4" x 10"
Edition of 300

"Old story of my youth - before the steam hammer beat out John Henry." -Thomas Hart Benton

From an edition of 300. Pencil-signed "Benton" in the lower right margin, and titled in pencil in the lower left margin. Sheet watermarked Rives, not laid down, all edges deckled, beautiful condition. Sheet measures 17 3/4" x 13", in a contemporary silver leaf frame that measures 23" x 18 1/2".

Among the most notable and beloved of Thomas Hart Benton's lithographs, Ten Pound Hammer is inspired by American folk hero John Henry, and features a favorite Benton motif: the steam-powered train. American musical traditions were also an important inspiration for many of Benton's works, from Frankie and Johnnie (1935-1936) in his WPA-funded Missouri state capitol mural to his final work, The Sources of Country Music (1975). The story of John Henry was told in song by several musicians of Benton's day including Lead Belly, Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy, and Woody Guthrie.

Literature: Creekmore Fath, The Lithographs of Thomas Hart Benton, Austin, Texas, 1990, 79.
Condition
...
The top of the sheet is hinged to the backing mat with two pieces of archival tape. No toning noted, the work appears very crisp and clean in frame. Very gentle acid burn is visible only outside the mat sight, caused by non-archival matting.

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