Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1973)
pen and brush and black ink and black crayon, with graphite, Sheet: 37.4 x 53.2 cm (14 11/16 x 20 15/16 in.); Image: 35.6 x 51.5 cm (14 x 20 1/4 in.). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1995.70
Missouri-based Benton, a distant relative of the 19th-century US senator who was his namesake, traveled to Cleveland during the summer of 1936 to make reportorial sketches of the Republican National Convention. In this dynamically rendered drawing, the artist recorded delegates engaged in a variety of activities, including whispered deal making and a spirited scuffle that attracts the ready attention of a policeman. Ultimately, the nomination was won by Alf Landon, who subsequently was defeated in the presidential election by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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