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Teaching the American Twenties: Exploring the Decade through Literature and Art

Harlem Renaissance

Drawing "Carl Van Vechten" from The Prince of Wales and Other Famous Americans

Miguel Covarrubias
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As an artist, Covarrubias was perhaps best known for caricatures that reflected his talent for observation. He drew his white friend Carl Van Vechten, who David Levering Lewis has called "Harlem's most enthusiastic and ubiquitous Nordic," as a black man. The title: "A Prediction." This more traditional caricature of Van Vechten appeared in the 1925 Covarrubias book The Prince of Wales and Other Famous Americans.

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