Huck Finn, illustrated
Since it first appeared in 1884, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has inspired artists and book illustrators with its classic scenes of American life in the 19th century. Beginning with Edward Kemble, who drew the illustrations for the first edition of the work, artists have depicted the pastoral images of river life and the dark scenes of satire that distinguish Twain’s literary masterpiece. Prominent artist Norman Rockwell and printmaker/illustrator Barry Moser have some of their illustrations on permanent display in the Mark Twain Room. Other greats, like muralist Thomas Hart Benton, and beloved children’s book illustrator Steven Kellogg are presented here along with lesser known American artists and little known, but prolific, illustrators of the foreign language editions.