National Geographic : 1951 Feb
© National Geographic Society 197 Lent by Metropolitan Museum of Art THOMAS HOVENDEN (1810-95) * The Last Moments of John Brown \\Wile others debated slavery, John Brown violently freed slaves and massacred slavelohlers. In 1859 be rode into I arpers Ferrv (then in Virginia), seized the arnory, and called on Negroes to revolt. Besieged, he was captured ly U. S . Marines led by Col. Robert E. Lee. Two of his sons died in the fight. Condemned, Brown xwe(lcomed propaganda's oppor tunity to turn defeat into victory by "hanging a few minutes by the neck." Soon indeed "John Brown's Body" became a Union marching song. Reporters and magazine illustrators diligently covered Brown's last days. Artist I lovenden, born in Ireland, portrayed a martyr, in gallows rope, carpet slippers, and disguise-grown beard, kissing an infant slave. lis painting commanded awed attention at the Corcoran exhibit.