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Beauty’s LegacyGilded Age Portraits in America

Barbara Dayer Gallati

Published by GILES in association with the New-York Historical Society

Add to Cart US$49.95

Published — October 2013 (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 184 pages, 280 × 229 mm, (9 × 11 in)

Illustrations — 89 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£30.00/US$49.95

ISBN — 978-1-907804-18-2

Press Release — A gallery of beauty

News  —  Beauty’s Legacy and The Armory Show at 100 - see...

            —  Portrait Miniatures Flow Out of the Attic

            —  Beauty’s Legacy opens this month

Sales Points

"The politics of bling"—Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, Slate

"Beautifully illustrated"—The Magazine Antiques

About the Book

Named after a series of charity portraiture shows held by the New York social elite during the 1880s, Beauty’s Legacy examines the remarkable resurgence of portraiture in the USA at the end of the 19th century. It features over 50 paintings from the New-York Historical Society’s collection, with paintings of famous society men and women like Mrs William Waldorf Astor, Emma Thursby, Samuel Verplanck Hoffman, Mary Barrett Wendell, Reverend Henry Codman Potter, and Mary Gardiner Thompson done by such American artists as John Singer Sargent, James Carroll Beckwith, George Peter Alexander Healy, Daniel Huntington, Eastman Johnson, and Benjamin Curtis Porter

It includes period photographs of the sitters' opulent residences, costume balls and society weddings, as well as advertisements for fashions and cosmetics popular among the belles of New York society, and 25 miniature portraits of reigning social celebrities from the collection of contemporary socialite Peter Marié.

An essay by leading fashion historian Valerie Steele, Chief Curator and Director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York points out the links between portraiture, fashion, and cosmetics in the nineteenth century.

About the Author(s)

Barbara Dayer Gallati is an independent scholar and Brooklyn Museum’s Curator of American Art