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The Magnet and the Iron: John Brown and George L. Stearns The Stories Behind the Busts

The Last Moments of John Brown (Hovenden)

Exhibit Description:
Oil on canvas painting of John Brown on the way to his execution on December 2, 1859. Brown, still injured from the failed raid at Harpers Ferry, was said to have kissed the head of a black baby on his way to the gallows.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hovenden, Thomas
Attribution Statement:
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stoeckel, 1897
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John BrownMetropolitan Museum of ArtpaintingsWest Virginia