Lot 4: THOMAS HART BENTON, (AMERICAN 1889-1975), "WRECK OF THE OL'' 97"
December 4, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
THOMAS HART BENTON
"WRECK OF THE OL'' 97"
1944. Edition of 250. Pencil signed in the margin, lithograph, unframed
Image size: 10 1/4 x 14 7/8 in. (26 x 37.8cm)
Sheet size: 12 5/8 x 17 in. (32.1 x 43.2cm)
Associated American Artists, publisher.
Private Collection, Delaware.
The "Ol'' 97" was a Southern Railway locomotive, officially known as "Fast Mail". In September, 1903, while on its way from Monroe, Virginia to Spencer, North Carolina, it derailed at Stillhouse Trestle near Danville, Virginia.
In fine overall condition, a good, rich impression with margins on all sides, unframed and with no tape hinges verso. There is very slight deckling to outer left and right edges of sheet. Very bottom outer left margin slightly narrower than rest of left margin. Top edge of sheet is slightly unevenly trimmed, measuring in width from 1 1/16 inches in width to 1 1/8 inches in width. In bottom margin, there is partial watermark: 'MADE IN *…' There is very pale light staining; there is a pinhead size spot in the top margin at right and some barely discernible pale spots in very outer lower left corner in bottom margin.
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