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Mark Twain caricature self-portrait

view Mark Twain caricature self-portrait digital asset number 1
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
Place of publication, production, or execution:
No place, unknown, or undetermined
Physical Description:
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.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560
Caricatures and cartoons
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John White Alexander papers, 1775-1968, bulk 1870-1915
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