XAVIER CUGAT - SELF-CARICATURE SIGNED 1981 - HFSID 16149
Sale Price $378.00
Latin bandleader Xavier Cugat drew this ink caricature of himself in glasses and with a big nose in 1981.
Self-Caricature signed: "Xavier/Cugat/1981". Head drawing in black pen, 5¾x9. "Xavier" forms lower part of drawing. After coming to the U.S. from Cuba, Cugat worked as a cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times while organizing the bands for which he would become famous. Born Francisco de Asis Javier Cugat Mingall de Bel y Deulogeo in Spain, Cugat (1900-1990) grew up in Havana, and the teenaged violin prodigy toured with Enrico Caruso before coming to the U.S. By 1928, he and his band were playing at the Cocoanut Grove in Hollywood and Cugat would become known as "The Rumba King" for introducing U.S. audiences to Latin rhythms. Over the next few years, Cugat appeared in a number of feature films, usually as himself. His wives included singer Abbe Lane (1952 until their divorce in 1963) and entertainer Charo (1966 until their divorce in 1978). Lightly creased with folds, light horizontal fold at the lower loop of the "g". Fine condition.
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