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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 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. By Barbara Dayer Gallati. 184 pages, 89 color illustrations. The catalogue accompanies a major exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, September 27, 2013, through March 09, 2014.