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Doyle New York to auction prints and books from the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation
Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), Going West. Lithograph, 1934, signed and titled in pencil, edition of 75, 12 1/4 x 23 3/8 inches. Estimate: $10,000-15,000.
NEW YORK, NY.- Doyle New York will auction Prints and Books from The Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation Collection on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. This important single-owner sale brings together Mr. Fath's two most enduring passions -- politics and art.

Creekmore Fath (1916-2009) was an influential figure in Texas politics. After law school at the University of Texas, where he co-founded the campus Progressive Democrats, he moved to Washington to serve in the FDR administration and then the Democratic National Committee. He married Adele Hay in 1947 and moved back to Austin, where he ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a liberal New Dealer. He spent the rest of his live as a sought-after political consultant and kingmaker and a standard bearer for progressive politics.

Adele Hay Fath (1917-2007) was the daughter of New York socialite Alice Appleton Hay and anthropologist Clarence Hay, the son of John Hay, Lincoln’s private secretary. Mrs. Fath followed her husband to Austin, where she became a prominent hostess and philanthropist.

In 1939, after receiving his first fee as a lawyer, Mr. Fath ordered his first Benton lithograph for $5 from Associated American Artists. Mr. Fath's quest to locate and purchase as many Benton prints as possible culminated in the publication of his highly respected catalogue raisonne of the artist's lithographs, years of personal friendship with the artist, and the largest private collection of Benton prints outside the artist's family. The Fath Collection comprises all but a few of the approximately 100 lithographs that Benton created, including several not listed in the catalogue raisonne. Among the highlights are the iconic works Going West, 1934 (est. $10,000-15,000); Wreck of the Ol' 97, 1944 (est. $6,000-8,000) and Jesse James, 1936 (est. $4,000-6,000).

Mr. Fath's print collecting extended to other American regionalists, such as Grant Wood, Reginald Marsh, John Steuart Curry, William Gropper and George Bellows, as well as works by the Mexican social realists they so admired -- Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Siquieros. The Fath Collection features 14 of the 19 lithographs that Grant Wood produced, including July Fifteenth, 1938 (est. $3,000-4,000); Sultry Night, 1939 (est. $3,000-5,000); and Approaching Storm, 1940 (est. $3,000-4,000); Curry's John Brown, 1939 (est. $3,000-4,000); Bellows' 1923 lithograph, Billy Sunday (est. $6,000-8,000); and several important works by Diego Rivera, including Open Air School, 1932 (est. $8,000-12,000) and Zapata, 1932 (est. $10,000-15,000).

The Collection’s rare book library will be offered in three distinct sections -- Americana and Presidential Biography, Modern Literature, and Illustrated Books. Highlights include the first American edition of Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, signed first editions such as Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, and an archive devoted to Fath's creation of the Thomas Hart Benton catalogue raisonné, including autograph letters between author and subject.

Mr. Fath stated in an exhibition catalogue for a selection of his prints, "The desire to collect, and the pleasure derived from each acquisition, are as exciting and compelling as passionate love."

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