Andy Thomas - Mark Twain Virginia City, NV - 1869

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Andy Thomas - Mark Twain Virginia City, NV - 1869
Mark Twain Virginia City, NV - 1869
Artist: Thomas, Andy
Date of Birth: b. 1957
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 28 x 48 inches
Signed: Signed lower left
Verso: Frame/Base: 43 x 63 x 4 inches
Write Up: Mark Twain took his name in Virginia City, Nevada when he was a young journalist in that wide open town. His brother worked for the territorial government, and it was he who told Samuel Clemens-who was not yet Mark Twain-about the opportunity. It is said that Clemens, now Twain, was challenged to duel four times because of his caustic wit and penchant for truth telling. His nom de plume must not have worked too well, or is it that he had the audacity of youth on his side, as Andy Thomas suggests here? No matter, Mark Twain, who would author Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and many other classics of American fiction, would soon attain worldwide fame, while Samuel Clemens would become nothing more than the name he was born with.