This grand historical work represents John Brown just as he is stepping from the prison door on the way to his execution. The guards on this occasion were a company of Continentals, and were dressed in the uniform of the Revolution. The incident which the artist has chosen for his picture, is best told in the language of the poet Whittier: "John Brown of Ossawattamie, they led him out to die,/ And lo, a poor slave mother, with her child pressed nigh,/ Then the bold, strong heart grew tender, and the stern blue eye grew mild./ As he passed between the jeering ranks and blessed the negro's child." [P. 7.]
Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts. Catalogue of the Second Exhibition at Wiswell's Gallery, No. 70 West Fourth Street. 1868-9. Price fifteen cents. Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co., Printers, 65 West Fourth St.