Thomas Hart Benton 1889 - 1975
- Thomas Hart Benton
- T.P. and Jake
- signed Benton (lower right); also inscribed For T.P.'s birthday/11 years old/from Dad on the reverse
- tempera on canvas mounted on board
- 48 x 31 inches
Private Collection, New York, 1980
Acquired by the present owner, 1991
Kansas City, Missouri, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Detroit, Michigan, Detroit Institute of Arts; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Los Angeles, California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original, April 1989-June 1990, p. 300, illustrated in color
Thomas Hart Benton, "The Dog with a Smile, Takes His Last Trip with the Tom Bentons," The Kansas City Times, August 28, 1946, p. vi, illustrated
Thomas Hart Benton, "An American in Art: A Professional and Technical Autobiography," Kansas Quarterly, Spring 1969, p. 111, illustrated
Matthew Baigell, Thomas Hart Benton, New York, 1974, p. 158, illustrated pl. 112
"There was a high rail fence between the passageway for debarking passengers and the people who had come to meet them. I stood by this fence trying to catch a glimpse of Rita and T.P. in the crowd of voyagers. But Jake beat me to it. The chain leash in my hand twisted suddenly and before I knew it Jake’s full grown seventy pounds of muscle and tawny hair was soaring over the fence.
“No one who saw the meeting of the boy and dog could ever forget it. The travelers and those who met them stood aside to watch the play of Jake’s ecstasy. They forgot their own emotions in this more intense one of a devoted animal. His yaps of joy sailed up over the arching girders to the high roofs of the dock and came back to pierce your heart. This was the high point of life and those who saw recognized it” (The Kansas City Times, p. vi).