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Description - Beauty's Legacy by Barbara Dayer Gallati

Named after a series of charity shows held by the New York social elite during the 1890s, which generated huge press interest, this volume examines the remarkable resurgence of portraiture in the United States in the late 19th century. It features over 50 paintings by leading American and European artists, including John Singer Sargent, James Montgomery Flagg and William- Adolphe Bouguereau, with portraits of the some of the greatest belles of the Gilded Age, including Mrs. William Waldorf Astor and the concert singer, Emma Cecilia Thursby. The book also features 25 miniature portraits from the collection Beauties of New York Society commissioned by contemporary socialite Peter Marie, as well as period photographs and advertisements for fashion and cosmetics. The lives of all of these women generated a level of curiosity similar to that of celebrity and beauty magazines like 'Vanity Fair' and 'Tatler' today. AUTHOR: Barbara Dayer Gallati is an independent scholar and the Brooklyn Museum's Curator of American Art. SELLING POINTS: Features 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 by American artists such as John Singer Sargent, James Carroll Beckwith, George Peter Alexander Healy, Daniel Huntington, Eastman Johnson, and Benjamin Curtis Porter Includes period photographs of the sitters' opulent residences, costume balls and society weddings and advertisements of fashions and cosmetics popular in Gilded Age New York Features an essay by leading fashion historian Valerie Steele, Chief Curator and Director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York 89 colour illustrations

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781907804182
ISBN-10: 1907804188
Format: Hardback
(279mm x 229mm x 0mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: D Giles Ltd
Publisher: D Giles Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Barbara Dayer Gallati

Barbara Dayer Gallati is an independent scholar and the Brooklyn Museum's Curator of American Art.

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