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Thomas Hart Benton

 

Stow Her Away Mates
Thomas Hart Benton
 #14
Pen and ink on paper, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-BF


In a shipboard task almost as ancient as the art of maritime voyaging, crewmen of the LST stow away the hawser as the landing craft moves down the Ohio.

 

On the Old Ohio
Thomas Hart Benton
 #2
Pen and ink wash on paper, circa 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-AT


The newly launched LST moves down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh on her "shakedown cruise". In comparison to the modern war vessel is an old stern wheeler at the left, her two towering stacks putting black smoke into the sky.

 

The Long Haul
Thomas Hart Benton
 #4
Pen and ink wash on paper, circa 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-AV


The completed LST is hauled out to the launching skids. Soon it will be officially christened, and on its way to a distant battle.

 

Stern Task
Thomas Hart Benton #6
 
Pen and ink wash on paper, circa 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-AX


Workmen (and women) labor on the stern section of an LST under construction. Benton's facile hand catches the multiplicity of operations that go into the construction of a unit in the Navy's landing craft armada.

 

Bow Up
Thomas Hart Benton #3 
Pen and ink wash on paper, circa 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-AU

 

With the aid of a giant crane, the huge bow section of a Landing Ship Tank is lifted into place in a Pennsylvania shipyard.

 

Note Well
Thomas Hart Benton #12
 
Pen and ink on paper, circa 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-BD


Men overhanding life rafts concentrate to the best of their ability on their task--an error or over- sight now may cost lives later.

 

This Way Out
Thomas Hart Benton #8
 
Pen and ink wash on paper, circa 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-AZ


Tanks and men charge out of the open bow of the LST during maneuvers on the "shakedown" trips in preparation for combat duty.

 

The Ship Gets its Mouth
Thomas Hart Benton #21
Pen and ink on paper, circa 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-BM

 

 

 

LST LaunchingThe Baptism
Thomas Hart Benton #20
Pen and ink on paper, circa 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-BL

 

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Online Exhibits that feature Thomas Hart Benton's Work

Amphibious Operations in the Pacific Theater
The Silent Service: From the Abbott Laboratories Collection

 

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1 April 2001