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"To Sir Gilbert Parker with the love of Mark Twain, April/09"

Samuel Clemens by Mark Twain.JPG

Title: SILVER PRINT PHOTO (7" X 4-3/4") SIGNED BY MARK TWAIN
Author: Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)
Description: 7" x 4-3/4". Platinum or matte-surface silver print photographic portrait of Clemens, seated, full-length, in a two-piece white suit, smoking a cigar. Matted, framed, and glazed. Inscribed and signed by Clemens, "To Sir Gilbert Parker with the love of Mark Twain, April/09." "This wonderful photograph, inscribed to the novelist Sir Gilbert Parker, shows Twain in his white suit, smoking a cigar. Twain's flamboyant outfit, which he called his 'just stunning' suit, became one of his trademarks in later years and was particularly appropriate for attention-getting New York strolls" (Lilly). Clemens met Winston Churchill in Parker's home in 1893. Reference: Lilly/Karanovich 78 (reproduced as the cover illustration to the Lilly catalogue). — Image of this photograph was used for the cover of the Sotheby's catalogue, June 19, 2003, for the Nick Karanovich collection sale.

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