Physical Details: Artifact : 1 item ; 14 x 08 cm., in leather folder 16 x 10 cm.
Creator: Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Description: 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.
Forms part of: John White Alexander papers, 1775-1968, bulk 1870-1915
Rights Statement: U.S. public domain
Citation: Mark Twain caricature self-portrait, 1902. John White Alexander papers, 1775-1968, bulk 1870-1915. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Digital ID: 12401
- Caricatures and cartoons