[CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. (=TWAIN, MARK)] Group of cabinet cards relating to Samuel Clemens' Missouri family, two bearing inscriptions from Twain.
[Missouri]: circa 1873. Approximately 15 photographic items listed below, largest 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches (16.5 x 10.5 cm); with varying backstamps mostly from Missouri but two London. Wear from handling, small stains, ink and pencil notations, small loss to final letter in Twain's signature on the signed card.
An early group of photographs highlighting Twain's Missouri Family, being the descendants of John Quarles on whose farm Twain spent many formative summers. Comprises: a cabinet card picturing Twain in London, his signature affixed on a slip below the image, the reverse inscribed "To Cousin Fred + Wife, London Nov. 27, 1873"; a cabinet card depicting Twain's baby daughter, inscribed on the verso by Twain "Miss Susie Clemens, aged 19 months, eldest + only daughter of Samuel L. + Livy Clemens. London, Nov. 27 for Fred. The child's name is Susie, but she is commonly called 'The Madoc' because of her general disposition + the aspect of her hair."; a carte-de-visite portrait of Twain around this time, unsigned; two portraits of the same child, finely dressed, likely Susie or another of Twain's daughters; a CDV portrait of Ella Lampton, cousin of Twain's wife; cabinet card of Emily Quarles (2 copies); cabinet card of Benjamin Lampton Quarles (3 copies); a cabinet card showing Emily and Beatrice Quarles; and a possibly unrelated mounted photograph with Wellsville, MO imprint.
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