University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Miguel Covarrubias

An Inventory of the Adriana and Tom Williams Collection of Miguel Covarrubias in the Art Collection at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Covarrubias, Miguel, 1904-1957
Title: Adriana and Tom Williams Collection of Miguel Covarrubias
Dates: 1917-2006, undated
Abstract: The Ransom Center's Adriana and Tom Williams Collection of Miguel Covarrubias art is part of a larger collection of research material compiled by Covarrubias' biographer, Adriana Williams, and her husband Tom and is comprised of 168 original works and 15 posters.
Extent: 6 boxes, 12 flat file folders, 1 oversize print (183 items)
Language: English and Spanish
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Biographical Sketch

Miguel Covarrubias was best known as an illustrator, writer, and anthropologist. He was born November 22, 1904, in Mexico City, into an upper-middle-class family. His father, José Covarrubias Acosta, was a civil engineer who held various prominent positions in the government, and his mother, Elena Duclaud, was from a family that included Spanish aristocracy.

Covarrubias left school at age fourteen and began work at the Secretaría de Comunicaciones as a draughtsman of maps and street plans. In his free time he would take his sketchbook to theaters and cafés and draw caricatures. His caricatures were first published in 1920 in a National University student magazine, Policromías. From 1921 to 1923 his illustrations appeared in large circulation newspapers such as El Heraldo, El Mundo, and the Universal Ilustrado.

Covarrubias' caricatures brought him notice among the artistic circle of Mexico City, and he became acquainted with its members, including the poet José Juan Tablada, who helped arrange for a travel grant from the Mexican government to pay for Covarrubias' move to New York in 1923. A friend of Tablada arranged for him to meet Carl Van Vechten, who in turn introduced Covarrubias to his celebrity acquaintances. Van Vechten also sent Covarrubias to Vanity Fair, and in January 1924 his drawings were first published in the magazine. The following year his drawings appeared in The New Yorker; his work would later appear in Vogue, Fortune, and other magazines. His first book, The Prince of Wales and Other Famous Americans, was published in 1925 by Alfred A. Knopf.

In 1930 Covarrubias married Rosa Rolanda (born Rosamonde Cowen), a stage dancer, and the two traveled to Bali for a lengthy honeymoon. Covarrubias returned to Bali in 1933 with a Guggenheim Fellowship to research the culture, resulting in his book Island of Bali (1937).

After his father's death in 1936, Covarrubias bought his parents' house -- the house in which he had grown up -- in Tizapán, outside of Mexico City. Here he and Rosa entertained a wide assortment of international celebrity guests, such as Diego Rivera, Georgia O'Keeffe, Orson Welles, Merce Cunningham, Luis Buñuel, John Huston, Amelia Earhart, Nelson Rockefeller, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

During the 1930s, when there was less magazine illustration work to be had (Vanity Fair ceased publication in 1937), Covarrubias devoted more time to the research of indigenous cultures, particularly those of Mexico. In 1937 he began working on a book for Knopf, Mexico South: The Isthmus of Tehuantepec, a project that would take years of research before it was finally published in 1946.

In 1938 Covarrubias was invited to paint a series of pictorial maps for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. He provided Pageant of the Pacific, six murals mapping the countries of the Pacific Rim. With pictorial elements Covarrubias considered most "characteristic and representative," each panel presents a different theme: peoples, fauna and flora, art forms, economy, native dwellings, and native means of transportation.

In the 1940s and 1950s Covarrubias' activities branched out to include museum work and dance production, among other things. He participated in the organization of several museum exhibitions in the United States and Mexico. He received the first museology teaching appointment in Mexico and taught anthropology and art history courses at the Museo Nacional de Antropología and the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia. Composer Carlos Chávez, director of the new Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, appointed Covarrubias as director of the Institute's dance academy in 1950. Covarrubias mounted thirty-four ballets with the INBA and provided sets for many of the productions. He also continued providing book illustrations, mainly for works on anthropological subjects.

Covarrubias died February 4, 1957, in Mexico City.


Scope and Contents

The Ransom Center's Adriana and Tom Williams collection of Miguel Covarrubias art is part of a larger collection of research material compiled by Covarrubias' biographer, Adriana Williams, and her husband Tom. The art collection is comprised of 183 items, including 168 original works and 15 posters. These are organized into three series: I. Works by Miguel Covarrubias, II. Works by Other Artists, and III. Posters. Titles of works are transcribed either from the works themselves, or from the published works in which they appeared. Cataloger's titles appear in brackets.

Series I. encompasses 157 works. These are divided into two subseries: A. Published Illustrations, and B. Other Works. Subseries A. includes illustrations for his Island of Bali (1937), Marc Chadourne's China (1931), Zora Neale Hurston's Mules and Men (1935), and a 1950s brochure about Indonesia. The works in Subseries B. are divided into seven subject groups: Africa, Bali, China, France, Mexico, Polynesia, and Miscellaneous. The bulk of these are of Balinese subjects and include many rough sketches on small scraps of paper or hotel note paper. Several of the Bali works were used as illustrations in Adriana Williams' Covarrubias in Bali (2005). The China group is comprised of drawings used in Rosa Covarrubias' The China I Knew (edited by Adriana Williams, 2005).

Series II., Works by Other Artists, includes four drawings by Eduardo García Benito for Vanity Fair, a lithographic portrait of Vicente Escudero by Kees van Dongen, a carved leather work by Winfred Rembert based on two Covarrubias designs, an etching by Juan Manuel Salazar based on Covarrubias' mural Una tarde en Xochimilco, and three drawings (two on beer coasters) by Saul Steinberg.

Series III., Posters, includes fifteen works. Among these are Covarrubias' 1933 poster depicting the inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and several event posters with Covarrubias illustrations.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research. A minimum of twenty-four hours is required to pull art materials to the Reading Room.


Related Material

The Ransom Center's Art Collection has a large group of works by Covarrubias in its Nickolas Muray Collection. Other collections with Covarrubias art include Thomas Mabry Cranfill, Spud Johnson, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., George Macy Companies, Inc., and Edward Larocque Tinker.

The Ransom Center also has related materials from the Adriana and Tom Williams Collection of Miguel Covarrubias in the Manuscript Collection, the Book Collection, and the Personal Effects Collection. Among the Manuscript Collection's holdings is a scrapbook of material related to Covarrubias' Pageant of the Pacific murals created for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, comprising correspondence, notes, photographs, clippings, outline maps with Covarrubias' annotations, as well as twenty-six original sketches of costumed figures, abodes, art work, symbols, and patterns.


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchases (R15445, R16503), 2006, 2007

Processed by:

Helen Young, 2007


Sources:

Acevedo, Esther. "Covarrubias, Miguel."Grove Art Online, http://www.groveart.com/ (accessed 8 November 2006).

Williams, Adriana. Covarrubias. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1994.


Item List

Series I. Works by Miguel Covarrubias, 1917-circa 1950.

Subseries A. Published Illustrations, 1931-circa 1950.
 
Chadourne, Marc. China, 1931.
Box
1.1 [Chinese soldier standing with rifle; illustration design for page 207]. 1931?
1 drawing (ink and pencil), 26.7 x 19.6 cm.
Box
1.2 [Young Chinese woman with fan; front view head-and-shoulders caricature; unused design?]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink), 25.3 x 17.7 cm.
 
Covarrubias, Miguel. Island of Bali, 1937.
Box
1.3 [Figure wearing mask and full-length dress, holding up small umbrella; one of two "Comic Characters in the Topéng"]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 27.7 x 21.4 cm.
Box
1.4 [Woman sitting at short table laden with fruit and bottles, dog next to table; design for "Dagang" illustration]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 21 x 18 cm.
Box
1.5 [Three figures sitting behind table with bowls and bottles, dog lying under table; sketch for "Dagang"]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.4 x 15.2 cm.
 
Hurston, Zora Neale. Mules and Men, 1935.
Box
1.6 [Zora Neale Hurston; female nude lying face down on bed as part of a Hoodoo initiation ceremony]. 1935.
1 drawing (ink wash), 24.3 x 31.4 cm.
 
Indonesia: Republic of Indonesia [brochure], circa 1950.
Box
1.7 [Four young people sitting at table and looking into microscopes]. 1950s.
1 drawing (ink), 27.8 x 21.4 cm.
Box
1.8 [Seven sketches of various figures; studies for illustrations for brochure illustration]. 1950s.
1 drawing (pencil), 27.8 x 21.6 cm.
 
Vanity Fair, 1925-1932.
Box
1.9 [The Kingly Cop; police officer directing traffic; illustration for v. 25, no. 4, December 1925; handwritten notes]. 1925.
1 drawing (gouache, pencil), 22.8 x 15.2 cm.
Box
1.10 [Vicente Escudero; dancer with one arm held up; unused design for v. 37, no. 5, January 1932]. 1932.
1 drawing (ink), 30.6 x 23.2 cm.
 
Vogue, 1937.
Box
1.11 Lindy Hop [four African-American couples dancing; illustration for February 15, 1937]. 1937.
1 drawing (ink wash), 35.4 x 25.3 cm.
Box
1.12 [Female flamenco dancer; Vogue stamp on verso]. 1930s?.
1 drawing (ink and wash), 35.4 x 25.3 cm.
 
Subseries B. Other Works, circa 1917-1946.
 
Africa
Box
1.13 [African woman with hand on face, head and shoulders]. Undated.
1 drawing (pencil), 34.6 x 26.7 cm.
Box
1.14 [African woman with bare breast; woman wearing headdress; two rough sketches]. Undated.
1 drawing (pencil), 34.6 x 26.7 cm.
Box
1.15 [African figure wearing robes and holding walking stick, rough sketch]. Undated.
1 drawing (pencil), 34.6 x 26.7 cm.
Box
1.16 [African woman wearing large earrings; rough sketch]. Undated.
1 drawing (pencil), 34.6 x 26.7 cm.
 
Bali
Box
1.17 [Five men in different positions, dancing the Baris]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink and pencil), 23.5 x 29.7 cm.
Box
1.18 [Five men in different positions, dancing the Baris]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink and pencil), 23.5 x 29.7 cm.
Box
1.19 [Six men in different positions, dancing the Baris; handwritten notes]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink and pencil), 29.7 x 23.5 cm.
Box
1.20 [Baris dancer holding staff]. 1930s.
1 drawing (crayon), 27.7 x 21.8 cm.
Box
1.21 [Baris dancer, with handwritten notes indicating colors; smaller sketch of Baris dancer above left]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 27.5 x 21.5 cm.
Box
1.22 [Legong dancer with fan, two smaller gesture sketches; verso: two sketches of dancers sitting; handwritten notes indicating colors]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 20.5 x 15.7 cm.
Box
1.23 [Legong dancer holding fan; rear view]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 26.8 x 20.7 cm.
Box
1.24 [Legong dancer with arms out]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 26.8 x 20.8 cm.
Box
1.25 [Three dancers; mounted on sheet 2007.12.74.b, with handwritten note: "Legong"]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 14.8 x 10.2 cm., mounted on sheet 21.4 x 27.5 cm.
 
Box
1.25 [Legong dancer with fan; mounted on sheet with 2007.12.74.a, with handwritten note: "Legong"]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.9 x 10.3 cm., mounted on sheet 21.4 x 27.5 cm.
Box
1.26 [Dancer crouching]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 15 x 10.3 cm.
 
Box
1.26 [Dancer crouching]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 15 x 10.3 cm.
Box
1.27 [Figure (dancer?) squatting]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.8 x 10.3 cm.
 
Box
1.27 [Female dancer stick figure, on hotel notepad stationery]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 15 x 10.3 cm.
Box
2.1 [Two female dancers sitting and facing each other]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 15.1 x 10.2 cm.
 
Box
2.1 [Female dancer, sitting]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 15.1 x 10.2 cm.
Box
2.2 [Dancer wearing headdress (Ardja character?), rear view]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.8 x 10.2 cm.
 
Box
2.2 [Dancer with long hair (Ardja character?), rear view; handwritten numbers]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.9 x 10.2 cm.
Box
2.3 [Dancer wearing headdress (Ardja character?), with arms in bent-elbow position]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 17.7 x 9.5 cm.
 
Box
2.3 [Female dancer with one arm extended, three-quarter rear view]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 15.4 x 10.2 cm.
Box
2.4 [Two studies of female dancer with large headdress, gesturing with arms and sitting]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 15.1 x 10.2 cm.
 
Box
2.4 [Female dancer wearing large headdress; verso: rough sketch of female dancer's head with large headdress]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 17.6 x 9.5 cm.
Box
2.5 [Female dancer standing, profile]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 15.2 x 10.2 cm.
 
Box
2.5 [Female dancer holding candle]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 15.4 x 10.2 cm.
Box
2.6 [Female dancer assuming dance pose]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 13.7 x 10.4 cm.
 
Box
2.6 [Legong dancer]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink and pencil), 18.8 x 12.5 cm.
Box
2.7 [Studies of three hand positions]. 1930s.
1 drawing (conté crayon, red), 12.7 x 4.5 cm.
Box
2.8 [Figure sitting and playing drum; verso: figure sitting and playing drum, rear view]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 20.6 x 15.5 cm.
 
Box
2.8 [Figure sitting and playing drum, rear view, with handwritten notations indicating colors]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.5 x 10.2 cm.
Box
2.9 [Seated figures playing drums; three rough sketches]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 21.4 x 33.4 cm.
Box
2.10 [Man sitting and playing a musical instrument (metallophone?)]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.5 x 10.2 cm.
Box
2.11 [Woman wearing earlobe plugs (subangs); head-and-shoulders, front view]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink and pencil), 27.9 x 21.5 cm.
Box
2.12 [Young woman wearing earlobe plugs (subangs) and a flower in her hair; head and shoulders; handwritten notes]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 20.5 x 15.6 cm.
Box
2.13 [Young woman with long hair and earlobe plugs; head-and-shoulders profile]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 27.5 x 21.4 cm.
Box
2.14 Young woman; head and neck]. 1930s.
1 drawing (crayon), 28 x 21.6 cm.
Box
2.15 [Woman sitting, rear view; two rough head-and-shoulders sketches of women]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 27.6 x 21.5 cm.
Box
2.16 [Woman with full-length dress, standing]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil, watercolor, ink wash), 27.9 x 21.5 cm.
Box
2.17 [Young woman with long hair]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink wash), 26.8 x 20.7 cm.
Box
2.18 [Woman wearing earrings and turban headdress; three-quarter length]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink and pencil), 27.6 x 21.4 cm.
Box
2.19 [Young woman wearing earlobe plugs, head and shoulders]. 1930s.
1 drawing (crayon), 27.8 x 21.5 cm.
Box
2.20 [Woman with bare chest, wearing turban, on hotel notepad stationery]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.1 x 10.5 cm.
Box
2.21 [Four women in front of hut and granary mounds; handwritten notes indicating colors]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 27.5 x 21.5 cm.
Box
2.22 [Woman with bare chest, holding small child on her shoulders]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink wash), 26.9 x 20.8 cm.
Box
2.23 [Lower half of standing female figure, showing full-length skirt with pattern]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 17 x 11.1 cm.
 
Box
2.23 [Woman sitting, three-quarter rear view]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 15 x 10.2 cm.
Box
2.24 [Woman sitting, rear view]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 15.1 x 10.2 cm.
 
Box
2.24 [Woman sitting with knees up, profile]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.8 x 10.2 cm.
Box
2.25 [Woman sitting, propped up on one arm]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.8 x 10.2 cm.
 
Box
2.25 [Woman wearing flower on head, holding up a bowl, next to sketch of partial figure]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.7 x 10.2 cm.
Box
2.26 [Woman with bare chest, one arm raised, profile, on hotel notepad stationery]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.1 x 10.5 cm.
 
Box
2.26 [Woman with bare chest, one arm raised, on hotel notepad stationery]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.1 x 10.5 cm.
Box
2.27 [Woman wearing turban, with right arm outstretched, on hotel notepad stationery]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.1 x 10.5 cm.
 
Box
2.27 [Woman with bare chest, front view, on hotel notepad stationery]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.1 x 10.5 cm.
Box
3.1 [Woman with head turned to side, rough sketch of partial figure sitting, handwritten notes; verso: rough landscape with palm trees, mountains, and sea]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 20.5 x 18 cm.
Box
3.2 [Woman with one arm raised, rear view, next to palm tree and chicken]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 16.5 x 12.5 cm.
 
Box
3.2 [Woman sitting on chair, profile]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 15.1 x 10.2 cm.
Box
3.3 [Two studies of turbaned woman with bare chest sitting, one surrounded by various containers in a market scene]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink and pencil), 27.5 x 21.4 cm.
Box
3.4 [Young woman with arms folded, half-length]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 16.5 x 12.5 cm.
 
Box
3.4 [Woman squatting on ground]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 16.4 x 12.1 cm.
Box
3.5 [Woman standing with cloth draped over one shoulder]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink and pencil), 28 x 21.5 cm.
Box
3.6 [Two studies of woman sitting and leaning over, with hands in her hair (bathing?)]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 25 x 19.1 cm.
Box
3.7 [Lower part of figure sitting, showing patterned skirt]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 27.9 x 21.4 cm.
Box
3.8 [Six female nudes (bathers); on five small sheets mounted on larger sheet]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 27.8 x 21.8 cm.
Box
3.9 [Woman with bare chest, with cloths over her shoulders, three-quarter view, half-length; verso: lines drawn and handwritten notes]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 13.4 x 10.5 cm.
 
Box
3.9 [Woman with bare chest, wearing earlobe plugs; on hotel notepad stationery]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.2 x 10.5 cm.
Box
3.10 [Young woman wearing earlobe plugs, head-and-shoulders profile]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 15 x 10.2 cm.
Box
3.11 [Woman sitting, wearing a shawl over her shoulders]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 28 x 21.5 cm.
Box
3.12 [Two figures: woman wearing turban, squatting, rear view (market scene?); female nude sitting, three-quarter view]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.2 x 20.1 cm.
Box
3.13 [Stylized female figure wearing turban, elongated rear view]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.9 x 10.2 cm.
 
Box
3.13 [Stylized woman with bare chest, extending one arm up]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 14.7 x 10.3 cm.
Box
3.14 [Woman with flowers in hair, half-length]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 15.3 x 10.2 cm.
 
Box
3.14 [Old woman, head and upper torso]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 11.9 x 10.1 cm.
Box
3.15 [Four women carrying vessels on their heads, with handwritten notations indicating colors]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink and crayon), 15 x 10.2 cm.
Box
3.16 [Woman standing and holding large vessel on her head]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 27.5 x 21.5 cm.
Box
3.17 [Female figure standing and holding vessel on her head]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink, brown), 28 x 21.6 cm.
Box
3.18 [Woman holding large bowl on her head]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 15 x 10.2 cm.
Box
3.19 [Two women holding loads on their heads, profiles]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 20.5 x 18 cm.
Box
3.20 [Woman with large stemmed bowl on her head, full length; outline of face, study of woman's chest]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 27.5 x 21.4 cm.
Box
3.21 [Woman holding large load of bananas on her head, full length; handwritten notes]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 27.2 x 21.3 cm.
Box
3.22 [Woman with bare chest, holding large vessel on top of her head]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 20.5 x 12.6 cm.
Box
3.23 [Woman carrying large stemmed bowl, laden with tall mound of fruit]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 27.7 x 21.4 cm.
Box
3.24 [Woman carrying large vessel on her head]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 17.3 x 11.2 cm.
Box
3.25 [Woman carrying large vessel on her head, rear view]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 29.3 x 18.6 cm.
Box
3.26 [Woman holding large vessel on her head]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 29.5 x 22.2 cm.
Box
3.27 [Woman carrying small vessel on her head]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 15 x 10.2 cm
 
Box
3.27 [Woman carrying large parcel on her head]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 19.3 x 9 cm.
Box
4.1 [Two men sitting]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 21.3 x 27.2 cm.
Box
4.2 [Man wearing shorts and hat; three-quarter length]. 1930s.
1 drawing (crayon), 27.6 x 21.5 cm.
Box
4.3 [Three older men; head and shoulders]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 27.1 x 20.7 cm.
Box
4.4 [Man wearing wrapped scarf on his head]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 25.3 x 20.2 cm.
Box
4.5 [Man wearing cloth head covering, sitting; profile of woman's head at left]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 27.5 x 21.5 cm.
Box
4.6 [Man squatting]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 9.4 x 6.3 cm.
 
Box
4.6 [Man sitting, gesturing with hands]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 14.7 x 10.2 cm.
Box
4.7 [Old man wearing large hat, sitting before a vessel]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 11.9 x 10.1 cm.
 
Box
4.7 [Man with hands covering his mouth, sitting]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 17.7 x 9.4 cm.
Box
4.8 [Obese figure sitting; profile sketch]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 15.1 x 10.2 cm.
Box
4.9 [Four studies of child sitting cross-legged, child's head, profile of woman's face; verso: young woman sitting, three decorative designs (masks?)]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 15.6 x 20.5 cm.
Box
4.10 [Girl sitting, with flowers in her hair, front view]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 15 x 10.3 cm.
Box
4.11 [Two children; verso: two dogs, man squatting, profile of man's face]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 21.1 x 16.6 cm.
Box
4.12 [Young child sitting, rear view]. 1930s.
1 drawing (pencil), 15 x 10.2 cm.
Box
4.13 [Stylized female figure with wings]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 9.9 x 12.2 cm.
 
China
Box
4.14 [Miguel, Rosa, and Bernadette at dining table in train]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink and pencil), 27.5 x 21.4 cm.
Box
4.15 Eating Crabs at Soochow [man sitting at table and eating crabs]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 26 x 20.6 cm.
Box
4.16 Our Host Soochow picnic Sinmay Lau [head profile of man with beard]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 27.6 x 12.5 cm.
Box
4.17 Dance Hall Girl – Shanghai [young woman sitting next to table]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 27.9 x 20.8 cm.
Box
4.18 The Sing Song Girl [young woman with high collar; half-length]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 27.9 x 19.5 cm.
Box
4.19 [Young woman with high collar; head and shoulders]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 27.8 x 21.4 cm.
Box
4.20 [Two young women; full length]. 1930s.
1 drawing (ink), 27.8 x 21.5 cm.
 
France
Box
4.21 [Half-nude woman sitting at table with wine glass, profile caricature]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink), 28.1 x 21.7 cm.
Box
4.22 [Stout man wearing hat sitting at table with cup, profile caricature]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink), 28.1 x 21.7 cm.
Box
4.23 [Man with handle-bar mustache; half-length caricature]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink), 28.1 x 21.7 cm.
Box
4.24 [Stout man wearing beret; head-and-shoulders profile caricature]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink), 28.1 x 21.7 cm.
Box
4.25 [Thin man with beard, wearing a beret; head-and-shoulders profile caricature]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink), 28.1 x 21.7 cm.
 
Mexico
Box
4.26 El Río Tehuantepec [woman carrying large basket on head, women bathing in lake in background; same design as frontispiece, "The Tehuantepec River," in Mexico South, 1947]. 1946.
1 print (lithograph), image 31.3 x 23.3 cm., on sheet 40.3 x 30 cm.
Box
4.27 Mexican Street Scene [woman wearing shawl, sitting with basket, and man standing on street]. Circa 1940.
1 print (lithograph), image 32 x 24.9 cm., on sheet 35.6 x 30.5 cm.
Box
4.28 [Aztec hieroglyph]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink), 8.9 x 6.6 cm., irregular
 
Polynesia
Box
5.1 [Polynesian woman with flowers in hair, half nude, sitting]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink), 16.5 x 12.5 cm.
Box
5.2 [Man holding spear; inscribed: "Solomons"; handwritten notes indicating colors]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink and crayon), 21.2 x 16.1 cm., irregular
 
Box
5.2 [Woman wearing grass skirt, standing; inscribed: "Nauru"; handwritten notes]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink and crayon), 16.9 x 7.8 cm., irregular
Box
5.3 [Two nude young Polynesian women sitting]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink wash), 20.9 x 21.3 cm.
Box
5.4 [Young woman sitting and holding up bowl]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink), 27.1 x 21.5 cm.
 
Miscellaneous
Box
5.5 [Nude female in cubist style; after Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase (according to Thomas J. McGuire's accompanying signed handwritten letter)]. 1920s.
1 drawing (crayon, col.), image 18.1 x 12.5 cm., in frame 47.2 x 30.1 cm.
Box
5.6 [Seated figure playing bongos; rough sketch]. Undated.
1 drawing (pencil), 15.2 x 10.1 cm.
 
Box
5.6 [Man wearing fez and holding walking stick; rough sketch]. Undated.
1 drawing (pencil), 14 x 8.6 cm.
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5.7 [Seated female nude with arm raised; rough sketch]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink wash, pencil, and watercolor), 14.1 x 8.1 cm.
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5.8 Escudero [Vicente Escudero; head caricature]. Circa 1917.
1 drawing (pencil), 13.9 x 7.5 cm.
Box
5.9 [Rooster, two hens, and symbol]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink and watercolor), 27.9 x 21.5 cm.
Box
5.10 [Nineteen skeleton stick figures]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink), 10.3 x 10 cm.
Box
5.11 [Nude dancing female wearing top hat]. Undated.
1 drawing (pencil), 11.2 x 8.9 cm.
 
Box
5.11 [Victorian house; rough sketch]. Undated.
1 drawing (pencil), 15.5 x 10.9 cm.
Box
5.12 [African-American man wearing hat; rough sketch of head]. Undated.
1 drawing (pencil), 11.9 x 14.9 cm.
 
Box
5.12 [Man wearing tuxedo and top hat, with medal hanging from neck; rough sketch]. Undated.
1 drawing (pencil), 17.5 x 10.3 cm.
Box
5.13 [Abstract figure; rough sketch]. Undated.
1 drawing (pencil), 10.9 x 17.2 cm.
Box
5.14 [Waiter holding tray, full-length profile]. Undated.
1 drawing (pencil), 12.8 x 4.8 cm.
 
Box
5.14 [Two studies of heads: man wearing cap and scarf, man with mustache]. Undated.
1 drawing (pencil), 14 x 8.6 cm.
Box
5.15 [Lamppost and French police officer]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink), 13.2 x 8.6 cm.
 
Box
5.15 [Man holding open umbrella]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink), 13.1 x 8.5 cm.
Box
5.16 [Piano player (three sketches), person drinking from mug, woman sitting at table; verso: handwritten instructions for loading film into a camera]. Undated.
1 drawing (pencil), 27.8 x 21.8 cm.
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5.17 [Head of bald man wearing glasses, head-and-shoulders profile of older woman]. Undated.
1 drawing (ink), 15.7 x 8.5 cm.
 
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5.17 [Man's head, profile, file cabinet drawer in background]. Undated.
1 drawing (pencil), 16.8 x 9.7 cm.
Box
5.18 [Couple dancing: two sketches mounted on larger sheet]. Undated.
1 drawing (pencil), 20.4 x 25.3 cm.



Series II. Works by Other Artists, 1924-1998.

Location
Flat file Baird, Bil. Greetings from the Bairds, Bil, Susie, Maddy [illustrated with various figures]. 20th century.
1 drawing (ink), 45.7 x 30.3 cm.
Location
Rolled storage Dongen, Kees van. Vicente Escudero [flamenco dancer; head and shoulders]. 1929?
1 print (lithograph), 160.2 x 119.5 cm., mounted on canvas 165.3 x 126.5 cm.
Box
5.22 García Benito, Eduardo. [Matador standing and having his sash tied by an attendant, woman wearing long dress standing at side; inscribed on verso: "la toilette de l'idole … used May 1924"]. 1924.
1 drawing (ink wash), 21.2 x 16.6 cm.
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5.23 García Benito, Eduardo. [Attendant holding up two matador's jackets above open suitcase; Vanity Fair stamp on verso, with date filled in: "May 1924"]. 1924.
1 drawing (ink wash), 24.2 x 15.4 cm.
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5.24 García Benito, Eduardo. [Man sitting and pointing at fashionably dressed young man standing and smoking cigarette; Vanity Fair stamp on verso, with date filled in: "May 1924"]. 1924.
1 drawing (ink wash), 22.6 x 17.6 cm.
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5.25 García Benito, Eduardo. [Two men sitting on chair; Vanity Fair stamp on verso, with date filled in: "May 1924"]. 1924.
1 drawing (ink wash), 21.9 x 16.8 cm.
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6.1 Rembert, Winfred. [Hansom Cab Driver; Man with Cap: two Covarrubias designs from Negro Drawings, 1927, carved into leather]. 1990s?.
1 leatherwork (tooled, cut, and dyed), 23 x 26 cm., in frame 37.8 x 41.5 cm.
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5.26 Salazar, Juan Manuel. Otra tarde de domingo en Xochimilco [group of men and women around table on small boat labeled "Miguelito"; no. 12/50; "Sirva este grabado para conmemorar el homenaje audiovisual que se rinde a Miguel Covarrubias"; accompanying letterpress sheet]. 1998.
1 print (etching), plate mark 12.5 x 23.5 cm.
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5.27 Steinberg, Saul. [Sultan with large turban, drawn on a Schaefer Beer coaster]. 1940s?.
1 drawing (ink), diameter 8.2 cm.
 
Box
5.27 Steinberg, Saul. [Female nude, drawn on a Schaefer Beer coaster]. 1940s?.
1 drawing (ink), diameter 8.2 cm.
Box
5.28 Steinberg, Saul. [Caricature of person, head and shoulders; verso: Face of old man; inscribed: "To Rose, Steinb"]. 1940s?.
1 drawing (pencil), 20.1 x 12.6 cm.



Series III. Posters, 1933-2006.

Location
Flat file Art Forms of the Pacific Area [plate 3 from Pageant of the Pacific]. 1940.
1 poster, visible image 56.3 x 86.7 cm., in mat 72.1 x 102.5 cm.
 
Location
Flat file Genesis, the Gift of Life [picture of mosaic mural at the Dallas Museum of Art, below an enlarged detail from the mural; instructional text in English and Spanish on verso]. Undated.
1 poster, 45.7 x 60.9 cm.
 
Location
Flat file The Inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, an Heroic Panorama Depicting the High Ceremony on the Capitol Plaza at Washington on March 4th, 1933. 1933.
1 poster, visible image 38.8 x 49.5 cm.
 
Location
Flat file Juchitán Oaxaca. Fiestas Titulares, San Guidxi Mayo 2001 [with Juchitecas Dancing the Són, from Mexico South]. 2001.
2 posters, 45.4 x 32.1 cm.
 
Location
Flat file Map of America [illustrated map on sheet detached from a calendar?]. Undated.
1 poster, 37.4 x 54.7 cm.
Box
5.21 Miguel Covarrubias, A Certain Clairvoyance. October 19 – April 24, the University of Texas at Austin, Ransom Center Galleries [with self-portrait]. 2004.
1 poster, 43.1 x 28 cm.
Location
Flat file Miguel Covarrubias Homenaje. Febrero-Mayo de 1987, Fundación Cultural Televisa, A.C. [with Rhapsody in Blue from Negro Drawings]. 1987.
1 poster, visible image 84.4 x 68.5 cm.
 
Location
Flat file Miguel habla de Covarrubias. Febrero 10 al 9 de Marzo, Sala José Luis Cuevas, Edificio de la Hacienda [with reproductions of six works]. 2000.
1 poster, 59.5 x 37.5 cm.
 
Location
Flat file Oaxaca Mexico [with reproduction of painting of Oaxacan plume dancers; "Departamento de Turismo de la Secretario de Gobernacion"]. Circa 1945.
1 poster, color, visible image 92.1 x 66.8 cm., in frame 94.2 x 68.7 cm.
 
Location
Flat file Pacific House. 1940 Golden Gate International Exposition. One of the 1,001 Figures in Miguel Covarrubias' Famed Murals [Mayan figure from mural, Art Forms of the Pacific]. 1940.
1 poster, color, 54.5 x 39 cm., in mat 66.6 x 50.8 cm.
Box
5.20 Penari sedang Berhias [reproduction of illustration of a make-up artist preparing dancers for a performance, from Island of Bali]. Undated.
1 poster, 29.5 x 40 cm.
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5.19 Producciones Reforma, S. A. presenta a Columba Domínguez, Roberto Cañedo en Pueblerina [movie poster with reproduction of portrait painting of Columba Domínguez]. 1949.
1 poster, color, 30.7 x 42.4 cm.
Location
Flat file Presentación del Libro. Cuatro Miradas = Four Visions. Homenaje a Miguel Covarrubias. Lunes 20 de febrero … Sala Manuel M. Ponce, Palacio de Bellas Artes … 2006 [with Chorus Girl from Negro Drawings]. 2006.
1 poster, 83 x 68.1 cm.
 
Location
Flat file Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas. Octubre 2003 [with reproductions of line drawing self-portrait, Balinesa en el Río, Girl Dressed up for Festival and Woman of Cosolaecaque; for a series of lectures on Covarrubias]. 2003.
1 poster, 61.5 x 39.8 cm.