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Mark Twain

1935 Unidentified Medallic Art Company (Founder) bronze 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (8.9 x 5.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle 1972.167.70 Not currently on view

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Under the pen name Mark Twain, American author Samuel Clemens (1835-1910) wrote several now-famous works, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. In this plaque, created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the author’s birth, Twain appears with his flowing hair and trademark pipe. Below the portrait, Tom Sawyer stands to the left and Huck Finn to the right. The two characters accompany Twain’s witty admonition to “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”


Literature - Twain - Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Occupation - writer

Portrait male - Twain, Mark - knee length

sculpture - relief

metal - bronze