Thomas Hovenden - The Last Moments of John Brown - 1882-1884

Thomas Hovenden - The Last Moments of John Brown - 1882-1884

Thomas Hovenden (1840-1895) championed African-American rights in his work.  Hovenden was born in County Cork, Ireland and immigrated to the United States in 1863. He studied at the National Academy of Design and at the École des Beaux-Arts with Cabanel. Hovenden spent his summers in Brittany at the American art colony and there he met his wife, artist Helen Corson.  Her family were ardent abolitionists, and their barn, which Hovenden used as a studio, was known as “Abolition Hall” due to its use for anti-slavery meetings. Hovenden’s masterpiece is The Last Moments of John Brown, seen above. Before attempting such important themes, however, the artist portrays himself in his Paris Studio, living the life of a Bohemian.

Thomas Hovenden - Self Portrait of the Artist in His Studio - 1875

Thomas Hovenden - Self Portrait of the Artist in His Studio - 1875