BENTON, Thomas Hart

American (1889 – 1975)

Slow Train Through Arkansas, 1941

Fath 46. Lithograph on wove paper, full margins. Edition of 250 published by the Associated American Artists. Signed in pencil.

10 x 12 ¹¹⁄₁₆ inches  |  25.4 x 32.2 cm

Museum Collections:
The National Gallery of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Benton’s (1889-1975) lithograph is based on an excerpt from Thomas W. Jackson’s 1903 collection of humorous storiesOn a Slow Train through Arkansas. He also made a painting of this scene around the same time, which is now in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville.

Jackson’s story reads, “It was down in Arkansas I rode the slowest train I ever saw. It stopped at every house. When it came to a double house, it stopped twice. They made so many stops I said, ‘Conductor, what have we stopped for now?’ He said, ‘There are some cattle on the track.’ We ran a little ways further and stopped again. I said, ‘What is the matter now?’ He said, ‘We have caught up with those cattle again.'”

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