CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE (1835-1910, American novelist and humorist known as 'Mark Twain') PORTRAIT
Lot 34
CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE (1835-1910, American novelist and humorist known as 'Mark Twain') PORTRAIT BY ALVIN LANGDON COBURN (1882-1966),
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Lot Details
CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE (1835-1910, American novelist and humorist known as 'Mark Twain')
PORTRAIT BY ALVIN LANGDON COBURN (1882-1966),
photogravure print, proof before letters (no printed plate number or facsimile signature), three-quarter length, holding a cigar, 'Mark Twain' written in pencil on the mount by Coburn, tipped onto a mount different from the printed version (12½ x 9½ in), extremely fine, two very small light fox marks on mount, 9¾ x 6½ inches (24.8 x 16.5 cm), taken for 'Men of Mark', Stormfield, 21 December 1908.

Footnotes

  • Coburn went in December 1908 with Dr Archibald Henderson, Clemens's biographer, to visit Mark Twain at his new home in Stormfield. 'Mr Clemens enjoyed being photographed', Coburn recalled, and wrote under one of his pictures 'This is the best yet, Mark Twain'. See note on Coburn at the end of the catalogue.
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