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The Babe

The Babe
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Artist
Miguel Covarrubias, 22 Nov 1904 - 4 Feb 1957
Publication
Vanity Fair, active 1914 - 1936
Sitter
George Herman ("Babe") Ruth, 6 Feb 1895 - 17 Aug 1948
Date
1933
Type
Periodical
Medium
Color halftone print on paper
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 32.4 x 24.7 cm. (12 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.)
Topic
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Cap
Equipment\Sports Equipment\Baseball Equipment\Baseball bat
Nature & Environment\Animal\Bird
Exterior\Sports arena\Baseball stadium
George Herman ("Babe") Ruth: Male
George Herman ("Babe") Ruth: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Baseball
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Condé Nast Publications
© Family of Babe Ruth & Babe Ruth Baseball League, Inc. by CMG Worldwide
Object number
S/NPG.96.206
Exhibition Label
Mexican American illustrator and caricaturist Miguel Covarrubias was a frequent contributor to Vanity Fair magazine in the 1920s and 1930s. He is fondly remembered for the series of “Impossible Interviews” he sketched and wrote of celebrities and world figures who would have had nothing to say to each other, like movie star Greta Garbo and President Calvin Coolidge. Such was the case with Babe Ruth in real life: he had his legions of fans, as well as his detractors. His bigger-than-life persona, as caricatured by Covarrubias for the September 1933 issue, could leave polite company shaking their heads. In the opinion of one teammate’s wife, “He was foul-mouthed, a show-off, very distasteful to have around. The kind of person you would never dream of having over for dinner. I suppose he was likable enough in his own way, but you could never prove it by me.”
El ilustrador y caricaturista mexicano-estadounidense Miguel Covarrubias fue un asiduo colaborador de la revista Vanity Fair durante las décadas de 1920 y 1930. Se le recuerda gratamente por la serie de entrevistas imposibles (“Impossible Interviews”) que él mismo dibujaba y redactaba, enfrentando a celebridades y figuras internacionales que no tendrían nada que decirse, como la actriz Greta Garbo y el presidente Calvin Coolidge. Este era el caso de Babe Ruth en la vida real: tenía sus legiones de fanáticos, pero también sus detractores. Proyectaba una personalidad excesiva (como la refleja Covarrubias en su caricatura para la edición de septiembre de 1993), que podía ser desconcertante para la “buena sociedad”. Según la esposa de uno de sus compañeros de equipo, “era un malhablado, un creído, una compañía bastante desagradable. El tipo de persona que no se te ocurriría invitar a cenar. Supongo que, a su manera, sería simpático, pero nunca pudieron probármelo”.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery