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Newly Discovered Photographs Depict Thomas Hart Benton At Work

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Thomas Hart Benton examines a study for his mural ‘Trading at Westport Landing.’ All Images © Michael Mardikes 2021
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Thomas Hart Benton examines a study for his mural ‘Trading at Westport Landing’ commissioned by members of The River Club, a private club in Kansas City. Photograph © Michael Mardikes 2021

For decades, exclusive photos of the famed Kansas City painter at work in his Kansas City studio sat in a box completely hidden from view of the public until now.

It wasn't until photographer Nick Vedros received them from his uncle that their existence became known. The photographs paint an intimate portrait of the prolific painter who once called Kansas City home.

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