Mark Twain

  • Unidentified, Mark Twain, 1935, bronze, 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

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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.”

Title
Mark Twain
Artist
Founder
Date
1935
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
3 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (8.9 x 5.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Literature – Twain – Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Portrait male – Twain, Mark – knee length
  • Occupation – writer
Object Number
1972.167.70
Palette
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