After John Brown's capture, he was put to trial for his life in Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia), 1941

  • Jacob Lawrence, American, 1917-2000

Gouache on white wove paper

  • Sheet: 19 13/16 × 13 11/16 inches (50.3 × 34.8 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lowenthal

55.354.21

Department

African American Art

  • Harlem renaissance
  • History (discipline)
  • Gouache
  • Wove paper
  • Man
  • Trial
  • Abolitionist
  • Profile (figure)
  • Cross (object)
  • Gouache
  • New orleans
  • Brown, john

1945, Downtown Gallery (New York, New York, USA). after 1945, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lowenthal (New York, New York, USA)

1955-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

"Art: John Brown's Body." Newsweek, December 24, 1945, 87. Berryman, Florence S. "News of Art and Artists: John Brown's Struggles." The Sunday Star, Washington, DC, October 6, 1945, B-5. B.W. "Saga of John Brown." Art Digest 20 (December 15, 1945): 17. "John Brown Series by Jacob Lawrence." Portland Museum Bulletin 8 (July 1947): 2. "Accessions, 1955-1956." Bulletin of the DIA 35, no. 2 (1955-56): 53. "Artist Who Stuck to His Story: Jacob Lawrence's John Brown." The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 20, 1978, A8-A9. The Legend of John Brown. Exh. cat., the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1978, p. 36 (ill.). Wheat, Ellen Harkins. Jacob Lawrence: American Painter. Exh. cat., Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, 1986, p. 81, pl. 21 (ill.). Sharp, Ellen. "The Legend of John Brown and the Series by Jacob Lawrence." Bulletin of the DIA 67, no. 4 (1993): 32 (ill.).

© 2005 Estate of Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Jacob Lawrence, After John Brown's capture, he was put to trial for his life in Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia), 1941, gouache on white wove paper. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lowenthal, 55.354.21.