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Morris W. Primoff papers concerning Thomas Hart Benton, 1950-1978

Creator:
Primoff, Morris W., 1899-1986
Subject:
Benton, Thomas Hart
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
20 items.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
Correspondence and printed material concerning Thomas Hart Benton.
Correspondence includes letters, 1950-1965, between Benton and Morris W. Primoff, of Primoff & Primoff, Counselors at Law. Letters concern the "Lewis family" gift of Benton's painting "Island Farm" to Morris W. Primoff; a Benton exhibition at the Gerst Gallery in New York; tax laws concnerning unsold works of art in artists' estates; a proposed book on Benton by Crown Publishers, Inc.; and Benton's expedition up the Missouri River following the trail of Lewis and Clark. Also included are a letter from Benton's wife Rita to Polly and Murray (Morris) Primoff thanking them for attending Benton's exhibition opening in New Britain, 1954; and a letter from Polly Burroughs concerning a book on Benton, 1978. Printed material includes the catalog "Thomas Hart Benton: A Giant in American Art", 1962, and newspaper clippings.
Citation:
Morris W. Primoff papers concerning Thomas Hart Benton, 1950-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Primoff's outgoing letters are photocopies.
Biography Note:
Primoff: Attorney; New York, N.Y.; b. 1899; d. 1986; Benton: Painter, mural painter; New York, N.Y.; b. 1889; d. 1975.
Provenance:
Donated 2006 Barbara and L. Robert Primoff, daughter-in-law and son of Morris W. Primoff.
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13379
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)256321
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Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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