Portrait of the young Oskar von Fraenkel, holding a book (1898). Ignace Spiridon (Italian, 1860-1900). Oil on canvas.
"[Ignace Spiridon] wanted to paint one of me, and said he would make short work of it and not tucker me out; so I sat, and he made the best portrait that ever was — and did it in eight hours. I never saw such a man to handle oils and skirmish with a brush. He is terribly accurate.” -- Mark Twain letter to Henry H. Rogers, 26 September 1898.