Museum-quality portrait of John Brown, the famous abolitionist who fought to end slavery before the outbreak of the civil war. The reverse of the painting has the information "The Abolitioner, John Brown, born 1800, died 1859". The garland branch motif at the bottom of the painting was often used in the artwork of the mid-1800s. We are still researching the identity of the painter.
Here's what a John Brown author/researcher, Dr. John DeCaro, wrote about this painting:
"As a biographer and scholar of Brown I can assure you that there is no possibility that Brown sat for this painting. Brown was a very progressive man and in the 1840s and 1850s, he periodically sat for daguerreotype portraits--the early photograph. He never sat for a painted portrait. Numerous paintings have been made of Brown, some of them very well done based on daguerreotype portraits, others inspired by those images. This painting was apparently a rendering by someone who never saw Brown...the hair and beard are stylized. It may have been done in tribute to him by an admirer (perhaps a black artist?)...." This painting is oil on wood board, measures 12" x 10" unframed and 16" x 13" in its period frame. This is unusual, rare subject matter.