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Description: The October 3rd, 1969 issue of Life magazine had an article entitled “Tom Benton at 80, Still at War with Bores and Boobs” by William McWhirter. In this September 4th, 1969 autograph letter signed, Benton writes to his cousin Blanche [Benton Lonegren], in part: “…Life magazine sent a writer and the photographer Eisenstadt up here to look me over and get me to gab for an article… It appears to be astonishing that I am building a new studio at 80 years of age. I myself feel that I’m just ready for a new start. I hope you will see the story when (and if) it comes out. The writer was a very perceptive and intelligent young man. As for Eisenstadt I can count on him. He has been taking yearly photographs of me for more than 30 years.”

Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), the American artist and muralist, was a full member of the National Academy of Design. He is most associated with his embrace of the Regionalist art movement.

This full-page letter is on a 10 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ sheet of stationery imprinted: “Thomas Hart Benton Chilmark, Massachusetts Island of Martha’s Vineyard”. He has signed familiarly “Tom”.

Item #A01262

Condition: A strip of tape residue at upper blank margin, mailing folds, otherwise very good. An excellent letter giving evidence to the durability of a major 20th century American artist.