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Artist:
Augustus Washington, 1820/1 - 1875  Search this
Sitter:
John Brown, 9 May 1800 - 2 Dec 1859  Search this
Medium:
Quarter-plate daguerreotype
Dimensions:
Case Open: 11.4 x 19.7 x 1.1cm (4 1/2 x 7 3/4 x 7/16")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\Connecticut\Hartford\Hartford
Date:
c. 1846-1847
Exhibition Label:
The earliest known likeness of radical abolitionist John Brown, this portrait was made by pioneering African American daguerreotypist and fellow abolitionist Augustus Washington. In a pose that dramatizes his antislavery activism, Brown stands with one hand raised as if repeating his public pledge to dedicate his life to the destruction of slavery. With his other hand, he grasps what is believed to be the standard of his "Subterranean Pass Way"-the militant alternative to the Underground Railroad that Brown sought to establish in the Allegheny Mountains more than a decade before his ill-fated raid on the arsenal at Harpers Ferry.
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Symbols & Motifs\Flag  Search this
Cased object  Search this
John Brown: Male  Search this
John Brown: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; purchased with major acquisition funds and with funds donated by Betty Adler Schermer in honor of her great-grandfather, August M. Bondi
Object number:
NPG.96.123
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4d7d4f2bb-7407-447b-b47d-437d06dade0a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.96.123