Lot 205 of 350:
Caricature of Merle Armitage by Xavier Cugat  

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Original pen-&-ink caricature sketch of Merle Armitage, inscribed by the subject and signed by the artist
Cugat, Xavier [Francisco de BrĂș]
[Los Angeles]
No date

20x18 cm (8x7") visible, matted and framed under glass, overall 36.5x33.5 cm (14½x13¼").

Inscribed in ink beneath the image, "To Joseph Huntley, souvenir of many opera seasons - Merle Armitage." Also signed by the artist as "de Brú." 

Xavier Cugat (1900-1990), born Francisco de Asís Javier Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deulofeu in Girona, Catalonia, Spain, immigrated to Cuba when he was five. He was trained as a classical violinist and played with the Orchestra of the Teatro Nacional in Havana. In 1915 his family emigrated to New York. Cugat appeared in recitals with Enrico Caruso, playing violin solos. He played with a band called The Gigolos during the tango craze. Later, he went to work for the Los Angeles Times as a cartoonist. Cugat's caricatures were later nationally syndicated. His older brother, Francis, was an artist of some note, having painted the famous cover art for F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby. He was married five times, his fifth to Spanish guitarist and comic actress Charo Baeza.

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Some faint foxing, very good.
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