Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) is reported to have said that Tom Sawyer is an amalgam of three people: himself, John B. Briggs, and William Bowen (both childhood friends). However, there is evidence that Tom Sawyer might have another rowdy influence, a namesake that Twain became acquainted with in San Francisco. Twain and the real-life Sawyer’s friendship was centered around drinking and gambling and Smithsonian Magazine has a great article on the two men. This illustration of the book-Tom Sawyer flirting with Becky Thatcher is the last of this month’s theme of: Children’s Literature. Tomorrow I’ll start a whole new topic: Toys!
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board