Artist Jacob Lawrence, American, 1917-2000
  • John Brown formed an organization among the colored people of the Adirondack woods to resist the capture of any fugitive slave
Date 1941
Medium gouache on white wove paper
Dimensions Sheet: 19 3/4 × 13 5/8 inches (50.2 × 34.6 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lowenthal
Accession Number 55.354.6
Department African American Art
Not On View
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.

Brown, Milton W. Jacob Lawrence. Exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, 1974, p. 23 (ill.).

Batterberry, Ariane Ruskin. The Pantheon Story of American Art for Young People. New York, 1976, p. 144 (ill.).

"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. 21 (ill.).

Wheat, Ellen Harkins. Jacob Lawrence: American Painter. Exh. cat., Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, 1986, p. 82, pl. 23 (ill.).

Sharp, Ellen. "The Legend of John Brown and the Series by Jacob Lawrence." Bulletin of the DIA 67, no. 4 (1993): 27 (ill.).