eBook:The Art of Wealth: The Huntingtons in the Gilded Age

The Art of Wealth: The Huntingtons in the Gilded Age

The Art of Wealth provides a fresh perspective on the complicated mix of public and private motives and models that characterized art collecting and philanthropy in America in the early twentieth-century. The author focuses on four remarkable individuals: Collis Huntington, who started out as a peddler and went on to found a railroad empire; his second wife, Arabella, a woman of great intelligence and taste; her son, Archer, who devoted his life to creating and supporting museums; and Collis’s nephew, Henry E. Huntington, who built up an extraordinary foundation and then gave it to the public as an enduring legacy.

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