Obituary. Vineyard Gazette
February 25, 2010
Thomas Piacenza Benton, son of the world-renowned artist Thomas Hart Benton, died at his home in Acton on Feb. 14. T.P., as he was called, was 83. A remarkable musician, T.P. was portrayed in a number of his father’s paintings.
The first child of Tom and Rita Benton, T.P. was born in New York city on Dec. 1, 1926. The Bentons were among the Vineyard’s first full-time seasonal residents, and T.P. spent the summers of his youth in Chilmark. When T.P. was two, Tom painted Rita and T.P., depicting his Italian-born wife and son as a Renaissance madonna and child, with Menemsha Pond in the background.
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