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Mark Twain Early c1872 Cabinet Card Portrait by Burlock, Philadelphia

We sold this item at auction for $620
 in December, 2022.

A rare early portrait cabinet card portrait of author Mark Twain photographed Burlock of Philadelphia, c1872. Verso is stamped H. E. Siddall & Co Art Book Store and Circulating Library.

Mark Twain is photographed here circa 1872, aged 37. During this period, Twain had just published “Roughing It” and had had success a few years prior with his travel narrative “The Innocents Abroad”.

The “Huckleberry Finn” author was first photographed as a teenager in 1850, a daguerreotype picture being cited as the earliest known image of the young printer’s apprentice then known as Samuel Langhorne Clemens.

During his years as an internationally acclaimed writer, souvenir photos of various types were published for Mark Twain’s hungry public.

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