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Beauties of the Gilded Age: Peter Marié's Miniatures of Society Women

November 11, 2011 - September 09, 2012

Second Rotation: March 13, 2012 - July 8, 2012
Third Rotation: July 10, 2012–September 9, 2012
Between 1889 and 1903, New York socialite Peter Marié (1825–1903) commissioned portrait miniatures of women whom he believed epitomized female beauty. His collection of nearly 300 watercolor-on-ivory miniatures stands today as a vivid document of New York’s Gilded Age aristocracy. Beauties of the Gilded Age presents likenesses of many prominent women of the era, including legendary socialite Edith Minturn, athlete Edith Hope Goddard, and social activist Emeline Winthrop. The fragile and rarely exhibited portraits will be displayed in four-month rotations in a special new gallery designed for intimate viewing.

Fernand Paillet (1850-1918), Lina de Trobriand Post (1867-1951), 1890. Watercolor on ivory. New-York Historical Society, Gift of the Estate of Peter Marié, 1905.259

Creative: Tronvig Group