Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975) The Hymn Singer, alternatively titled The Minstrel, 1950, edition of 500, published by Twayne, New York (Fath, 74). Signed "Thomas H. Benton" in pencil l.r., signed within the matrix. Lithograph on paper, image size 16 x 12 1/4 in. (40.5 x 31.0 cm), framed. Condition: Gentle rippling, not examined out of frame. N.B. The sitter is singer, songwriter, and actor Burl Ives. He was a prolific actor on stage and screen, but is best remembered as the narrator Sam the Snowman in the 1964 television classic Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Estimate $800-1,200 Sheet measures 20 1/8 by 15 7/8 in. and has deckled edges. Numbered "#21 of 500" in black ink in the margin l.l. Blindstamp l.l. Small accretion at u.r. by head of guitar. Subtle discoloration on the verso. Subtle staining on the verso l.r. corner. Hinged at upper corners with linen tape. Linen tape remnants on the verso at upper corners. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.