When Miller attended the hearing, to which Monroe accompanied him, risking her own career,  he gave the committee a detailed account of his political activities.  Reneging on the chairman's promise, the committee demanded the names of friends and colleagues who had participated in similar activities.  Miller refused to comply, saying "I could not use the name of another person and bring trouble on him."  As a result, a judge found Miller guilty of contempt of Congress in May 1957. Miller was sentenced to a fine and a prison sentence, blacklisted, and disallowed a US passport.  In 1958, his conviction was overturned by the court of appeals, which ruled that Miller had been misled by the chairman of the HUAC. 
The painting was known by several titles prior to its exhibition as April Love . Ford Madox Brown wrote in his diary on 9 September 1855: 'Last night I had the mulligrubs & went for the first time to Munnros & saw Hughes picture of the Lovers quarrel - it is very beautiful indeed. The girl is lovely, draperies & all, but the greens of his foliage were so acid that made my mulligrubs worse I do think' (V. Surtees, ed., The Diary of Ford Madox Brown , New Haven and London 1981, ). Hughes, writing to the poet William Allingham, recalled the latter's suggestion that it should be called Hide and Seek : 'You remember the picture of a girl you saw unfinished ( and suggested my calling "Hide and Seek" ( now completed and rejoicing in the more graceful title of "April Love." Ruskin saw, went into enthusiastic admiration, and brought his Father to try to induce him to purchase it, but alas fate willed otherwise' (H. Allingham and E. Baumer Williams, eds., Letters to William Allingham , London 1911, ). Ruskin continued to express enthusiasm for the picture, however, calling it in his Academy Notes for 1856 'Exquisite in every way; lovely in colour, most subtle in the quivering expression of the lips, and sweetness of the tender face, shaken, like a leaf by winds upon its dew, and hesitating back into peace (Cook & Wedderburn, eds., The Works of John Ruskin , XIV, London 1904, ). The picture was bought at the Royal Academy exhibition by the designer William Morris, who wrote to Edward Burne-Jones on 17 May asking him to 'do me a great favour, viz. go and nobble that picture called "April Love" as soon as possible lest anybody else should buy it' (G. Burne-Jones, Memorials of Edward Burne-Jones , London 1904, I, ). At the end of his life Hughes still remembered Burne-Jones arriving at Upper Belgrave Place with Morris's cheque: 'My chief feeling then was surprise at an Oxford student buying pictures' ( Pall Mall Gazette , 13 July 1912).