Celebrating Mark Twain’s 175th Birthday!

Posted by on Nov 30 2010 | History, Motion Pictures, Photography

Today we celebrate the man born as Samuel Clemens who would become one of America’s most famous literary icons.  Likewise, his portraits have also become iconic— capturing a personage and personality that goes hand in hand with our image of the author and cementing his place in popular visual culture.

Alvin Langdon Coburn’s portrait of Mark Twain, ca. 1905

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Alvin Langdon Coburn’s portrait of Mark Twain shooting pool, ca. 1905

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The impact of the stories and characters Twain created would of course extend beyond the written word into other media—this is just the kind of thing we have a lot of fun with here as a museum of Photography and Film.

Click here for a clip of our Film Preservation Officer, Anthony L’abbate, discussing the character of Huckleberry Finn in film history during his intro of the 1919 William Desmond Taylor film ‘Huck Finn’.

Film Fans!

For even more on Huck Finn in the movies, check out Anthony’s Blog from the 360/365 George Eastman House Film Festival earlier this year.

Bibliophiles!

For more portraits of famous authors, Click Here.


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    Roxana Aparicio Wolfe is the Curator of Education and Online Communities at George Eastman House.

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