Art: Bourbon & Old Salt

Painter Tom Benton, clad only in a pair of blue jeans, was busy getting in his hay on Martha's Vineyard when the good news arrived. Boston's Museum of Fine Arts had just spent $2,000 for Benton's latest portrait, New England Editor (see cut). It had been some time since the champing champion of American-school painting had received such a boost.

The man who posed for the Editor was Benton's Vineyard buddy, 78-year-old George Anthony Hough, whose son Henry runs the Vineyard Gazette and wrote a best-seller about it (Country Editor).

Benton had been wanting to paint salty, sociable old ex-Editor Hough...

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