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    Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957)
    How to Tell Men Apart, 1955
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    16-1/4 x 12-5/8 inches (41.3 x 32.1 cm)
    Signed lower left: Covarrubias
    Titled in label adhered verso: How to Tell Men Apart

    The artist;
    Nettie King, New York;
    Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art, New York.

    R. Lynes, "How to Tell Men Apart," McCall's Magazine, January 1956, p. 33, illustrated.

    This original gouache was a full-page color illustration in McCall's for a feature by Russell Lynes entitled "How to Tell Men Apart." The work belonged to Nettie King, close friend of Miguel Covarrubias and wife of writer Alexander King. Nettie King was Covarrubias' longtime agent within the magazine industry.

    We thank Mary-Anne Martin for providing invaluable cataloguing assistance.

    Condition Report*: Sheet is hinged to board via upper corners verso; minor creasing to the two lower corners; small spots of brown discoloration affecting the margins; two small pinholes affecting the upper margin; dry adhesive present verso.
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2019
    23rd Thursday
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