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INVENTORS

Henry Rauchinger portrait
Portrait of Clemens by Henry Rauchinger
Used as frontispiece for a German edition of TOM SAWYER ABROAD.
From the Dave Thomson collection.

According to Carl Dolmetsch in OUR FAMOUS GUEST, Rauchinger's portrait was part of a publicity stunt to promote Jan Szczepanik's looming device invention called the "Raster." The chalk portrait was copied by the design machine onto a piece of cloth in cream and black silk threads. Twain liked the portrait so much that he had it reproduced on postcards by Dagobert Wlashim.

An inventor is a poet--a true poet--and nothing in any degree less than a high order of poet--wherefore his noblest pleasure dies with the stroke that completes the creature of his genius, just as the painter's & the sculptor's & other poets' highest pleasure ceases with the touch that finishes their work-- & so only he can understand or appreciate the legitimate "success" of his achievement, little minds being able to get no higher than a comprehension of a vulgar moneyed success.
- Letter to Pamela Moffett, 12 June 1870

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