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from the THE GRAPHIC, July 13, 1907. Dr. Samuel Clemens. Drawn
by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence (1868-1933) at a sitting specially
granted to "The Graphic." From the Dave Thomson collection.
According to Thomson, "This is one of the strangest likenesses
I've ever seen of Twain done from life. It seems exaggerated and inaccurate
at the same time with the piled up pompadour, high forehead, 'split'
eyebrows and mustachios which appear to turn up on the ends as opposed
to Twain's which sort of drooped. I think this stylization is a result
of the sensibility of the artist Spence, who was probably used to depicting
political figures. The subject looks more like a British statesman than
a Yankee man of letters. If it hadn't been captioned I'd probably have
guessed it to be another misidentified 'look-a-like.'"
I out-natived the natives themselves, and felt and spoke and acted like
those girls of ours who marry nobilities and lose their democracy the
first week and their American accent the next ...
- "Three Thousand Years among the Microbes"
| A monarch when good is entitled to the consideration
which we accord to a pirate who keeps Sunday School between crimes; when
bad he is entitled to none at all. But if you cross a king with a prostitute
the resulting mongrel perfectly satisfies the English idea of nobility.
- Mark Twain's Notebook
Essentially, nobilities are foolishness, but if I were a citizen where they
prevail I would do my best to get a title, for the consideration it furnishes
-- that is what we want. In Republics we strive for it with the surest means
we have -- money.
- Mark Twain's Notebook #40, (Jan. 1897-July 1900)
Photo courtesy of Dave Thomson
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