Mark Twain - America’s Best Humorist

To earn more income, Mark Twain traveled with his wife and daughter (Clara) to Europe where the famous author and humorist could give speeches and tell his stories.

He made similar appearances in America.

In this image, we see Twain on stage, speaking to an audience. The illustration, by artist Joseph Ferdinand Keppler, was engraved by lithographers at Mayer, Merkel & Ottmann (in New York City).

The lithograph—entitled "Mark Twain," America's Best Humorist—appeared in Puck, v. 18, no. 458 (on the 16th of December, 1885). That very popular magazine referred to the image as a “Puckograph.”

A copy is maintained at the Library of Congress where we find this summary:

Print shows Mark Twain, full-length portrait, facing right, standing on stage, speaking to audience.

Click on the image for a much-better view.

Media Credits

Puck, v. 18, no. 458 (December 16, 1885), Illustration by artist Joseph Ferdinand Keppler; engraving by Mayer, Merkel & Ottmann

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