Lot of 4 items:
- Autographed family photo: 8 3/8" x 6 7/8" Ossip Gabrilowitsch, his wife Clara Clemens (Mark Twain's daughter), and their daughter Nina all autographed a photo for Nina's piano teacher Martha Wiest. Signed by all 3 and dated Feb 1928.
- Letter: 8 1/2 x 9 5/8" to Martha Wiest, autographed by Clara (Clemens) Gabrilowitsch on stationary discussing Nina's piano lessons. Dated June 18, 1929
- Ossip Gabrilowitsch Photo 8" X 10" black and white
- Ossip Gabrilowitsch Photo-postcard 5 3/8" x 3 3/8" black & white
Ossip Gabrilowitsch (1878–1936) was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. A musical prodigy, he studied piano in Vienna under Theodor Leschetizky. In 1898, he met his teacher’s new pupil Clara Clemens (Mark Twain’s daughter), and a lengthy courtship ensued. In 1905 Gabrilowitsch moved to Berlin to study conducting with Arthur Nikisch. Gabrilowitsch and Clara were married at Samuel Clemmens house Stormfield in 1909, and their only child Nina was born there in 1910. On the outbreak of World War One, the Germans arrested Gabrilowitsch as an enemy national, but friends procured his release. The Gabrilowitsches moved to the United States in 1914, where he gained fame both as pianist and conductor. He became music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1918. Cancer of the stomach forced him into retirement in 1935 and he died the next year. Nina Gabrilowitsch (1910–1966) was Mark Twain’s last direct descendant.
items in very good condition - some yellowing due to age. See photographs for more detail- please contact seller directly if you have any questions. Back of family photo has evidence of being hung up with tape.