1 artifact ; 14 x 08 cm., in leather folder 16 x 10 cm.
Self-portrait is etched into a copper plate, which is fastened within a leather cover with ribbon ties. Inscribed in plate beneath image: Done by truly yours, Mark Twain; N.B. I cannot make a good mouth, therefore leave it out; There is enough without it anyway; Done with the best ink, M.T. Two handwritten notes are mounted within the leather enclosure. One is mounted on the top flap and reads, in pencil: M. Twain's 70th birthday dinner. The other is affixed beneath the portrait and reads, in ink: John W. Alexander; I remember you well, sir! Mark Twain. Outer leather cover is stamped in gilded letters: Mr. John W. Alexander. This plate was given to Alexander and each of the 49 other guests as a souvenir at Twain's 67th birthday party at the Metropolitan Club in New York in November, 1902. Twain refers to the self-portrait in a Letter to the Editor in Harper's Weekly and in an article for Metropolitan magazine, 1903. The image was published in Harper's Weekly, November 15, 1902.
Mark Twain caricature self-portrait, 1902. John White Alexander papers, 1775-1968, bulk 1870-1915. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
This item has been digitally reformatted. It is available by requesting an appointment in the Archives of American Art's reading rooms, or in certain situations as a Reproduction Request.
U.S. public domain
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560