…Somewhat more successful are the thirteen wash drawings he produced a year later for Viginia Eifert’s novel, Three Rivers South: A Story of Young Abe Lincoln. The images of these works, with their steamboats and river characters, resembles that of his earlier designs for Life on the Mississippi. However they are far more polished, even a bit slick – rather in the manner of Benton’s late historical murals. The sculptural handling of the figures and the somewhat academic technique suggest that Benton may have modeled these works on wash drawings by his famous Missouri predecessor George Caleb Bingham. – Dr.Henry Adams, Thomas Hart Benton: Drawing from Life


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