Best known as a muralist, chronicling the lives of everyday folks in the American heartland, Thomas Hart Benton enjoyed a long and productive career as a printmaker, completing nearly 100 lithographs. The majority of his prints were published and distributed by the Associated American Artists, an organization that pioneered the notion of selling popular imagery at affordable prices. Wreck of the Ole '97 was based on a 1923 ballad recounting the 1893 fatal crash of a Southern Railway train. In addition to the print, Benton executed a drawing between 1926-27 and in 1943 a painting (collection of the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee) based on this event.
Place object was created: United States
lithograph, wove paper
Measurements: height: 13.125 inches width: 17.125 inches smallest height: 10.375 inches smallest width: 15 inches frame height: 20 inches frame width: 25 inchesMuseum Purchase: Jane Kessler Memorial Fund and Exchange Funds from the Gift of Harry and Mary Dalton 1999.42.2
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