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Thomas Hart Benton

The Civil War – Industrial Progress

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70,000 - 100,000 USD

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Property of an American Corporation

Thomas Hart Benton

1889 - 1975

The Civil War – Industrial Progress

signed Benton and dated 33 (lower right)

mixed media on paperboard

image: 16 ¾ by 25 ½ inches (42.5 by 64.8 cm); board: 19 ¼ by 28 ¼ inches (48.9 by 71.8 cm)

framed: 26 ½ by 35 ¼ inches (67.3 by 89.5 cm)

We thank Dr. Henry Adams and Andrew Thompson for their help researching this lot.

Thomas Hart and Rita P. Benton Testamentary Trusts, Kansas City, Missouri  
[with]Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York, 1990
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1991

Karal Ann Marling, Thomas Hart Benton, St. Louis, Missouri, 1985, no. 35, p. 22, illustrated (as Civil War and Expansion)

Henry Adams, Thomas Hart Benton: Drawing from Life, Seattle, Washington, 1990, no. 142, p. 144, illustrated

Seattle, Washington, Henry Art Gallery University of Washington; Austin, Texas, Laguna Gloria Museum of Art; Minneapolis, Minnesota, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Thomas Hart Benton: Drawing from Life, March-May 1990, no. 49
New York, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., Benton's America: Works on Paper and Selected Paintings, January-March 1991, no. 25, pp. 56-7, fig. 11, p. 28, illustrated, cover illustration
The present work is a study for A Social History of the State of Indiana, Thomas Hart Benton’s twenty-two panel mural depicting the cultural and industrial history of Indiana. The Indiana Department of Conservation commissioned Benton to create the mural for the state’s exhibition at the 1933 “A Century of Progress International Exposition” in Chicago. The complete mural now resides at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.