- Valdivia, Rafael
- Call number
- *T-VIM 2011-261
- Physical description
- 2 boxes (ca. 142 drawings), b&w, 36 x 26 cm. or smaller; 2 boxes (ca. 142 drawings), b&w, 36 x 26 cm. or smaller
- Preferred Citation
- Rafael Valdivia portraits, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library
- Billy Rose Theatre Division
- Access to materials
- Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Artist Rafael Valdivia was born in Rosario, Argentina. Before joining the staff of the New York Sun, ca. 1926, he worked for magazines in Buenos Aires, Paris and Madrid. Valdivia's work for the New York Sun was published under the name "Rafael." He lived with his wife and two sons in Jackson Heights, Queens, N.Y. Valdivia died at St. Anthony's Hospital in Woodhaven, Queens, N.Y. at the age of 62 in 1948. Includes ca. 142 black and white original portrait drawings of theater and film actors and actresses by Rafael Valdivia, mostly for the newspaper, the New York Sun. Among those depicted are Tallulah Bankhead, Katharine Cornell, Bette Davis, Maurice Evans, Miriam Hopkins, Gertrude Lawrence, Robert Montgomery, and Laurence Olivier.
Using the collection
LocationBilly Rose Theatre Division
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-7498