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Hovenden, Thomas (1840-1895) The last moments of John Brown

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00737 Author/Creator: Hovenden, Thomas (1840-1895) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Print Date: 1885 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Etching on vellum, based on Hovenden's 1884 painting depicting John Brown kissing a black baby while on his way to the gallows. The painting was based on an incident reported in the New York Tribune, that later proved to be apocryphal. Printed by George Gebbie.

People: Hovenden, Thomas, 1840-1895.
Brown, John, 1800-1859.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, John Brown, Slavery, Death, Death Penalty, Art, Music, Theater, and Film

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery The Crisis of the 1850's