First Floor Pictures



pictures courtesy of Papa, Mark Twain, and The Mark Twain House and Museum

"Along one side of the library, in the Hartford home, the bookshelves joined the mantlepiece--in fact, there were
shelves on both sides of the mantlepiece. On these shelves on on the mantlepiece stood various adornments. At
one end of the procession was a framed oil painting of a cat's head; at the other end was the head of a beautiful
young girl, life size,--called Emmeline, because she looked just about like that--an impressionistic watercolor [this
painting was purchased after Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn]
. Between the one picture and
the other there were twelve or fifteen of the bric-a-brac things...also an oil painting by Elihu Vedder, 'The Young
Medusa'. Every now and then the children required me to construct a romance--always impromptu--not a moment's
preparation permitted--and into that romance I had to get the bric-a-brac and the three pictures. I had to start always
with the cat and finish with Emmeline." Autobiography, 222

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