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

The Hanging of John Brown (Hugo)

Date:
1860
Exhibit Description:
Etching by Victor Hugo of John Brown hanging on the noose after his execution in Charles Town, (West) Virginia, December 2, 1859. While in exile on the Isle of Guernsey, Hugo wrote an open letter requesting that Brown be pardoned; that letter was in fact written the day of Brown's execution. This sketch was used as the frontispiece for a treatise that Hugo published the following year.
Attribution:
Hugo, Victor
Attribution Statement:
From John Brown by Victor Hugo, 1860.
Exhibit Tags:
John Brown, Victor Hugo, drawings, and publications