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Thomas Hart Benton
TEN POUND HAMMER
Estimate
100,000150,000
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Thomas Hart Benton
TEN POUND HAMMER
Estimate
100,000150,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Thomas Hart Benton
1889 - 1975
TEN POUND HAMMER
inscribed © Benton '65 and 2. (along the base)
bronze with brown patina
height: 10 inches (25.4 cm) on a 1 inch (2.5 cm) marble base
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This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné being prepared by the Thomas Hart Benton Catalogue Raisonné Foundation. Committee Members: Dr. Henry Adams, Jessie Benton, Anthony Benton Gude, Andrew Thompson and Michael Owen.

Provenance

Lyle S. and Aileen E. Woodcock, St. Louis, Missouri, 1969 (acquired directly from the artist)
By descent
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2007

Literature

Matthew Baigell, Thomas Hart Benton, New York, 1973, n.p., illustrated pl. 212

Catalogue Note

The present work was cast in an edition of five at the Harry Jackson Foundry in Campiore, Italy. Thomas Hart Benton initially explored the idea for Ten Pound Hammer in a 1965 pencil sketch based on the theme of the folk song "John Henry." He continued in 1965 with an oil on canvas of the same subject and a lithograph in 1967. Of Ten Pound Hammer, Benton remarked: "Old story of my youth—before the steam hammer beat out John Henry" (as quoted in Creekmore Faith, The Lithographs of Thomas Hart Benton, Austin, Texas, 1979, p. 178).

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