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sketch for Tragic Prelude I (John Brown)
  • John Steuart Curry
    born: Dunavant, Kansas, United States ; died: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
  • sketch for Tragic Prelude I (John Brown), 1937
  • Where object was made: United States
  • oil, canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 67.3 x 122 cm
    Canvas/Support: 26 1/2 x 48 1/16 in
    Frame Dimensions: 28 1/2 x 49 x 1 1/2 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Burt, Hutchinson, Kansas
  • On view: 20/21 Gallery, 405, W1
  • 1957.0059
Label Text

Painted scene of a man standing with his arms outstreached, holding a rifle in his right hand. Behind him is a group of people. There are covered wagons, fire and a tornado in the background. There is an arched doorway on the left side of the painting.