A dual biography of Edith Minturn Stokes and her husband Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes, Manhattanites of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Wealthy, but aware that fortune also has responsibilities to society, their story is fascinating. Edith was the model for the giant statue of the Republic by Daniel Chester French which was exhibited at the World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago, 1891-1893. Newton, as he was known, was the author of the monumental six volume “The Iconography of Manhattan Island” which you may see in the Rare book collection of the Boston Public Library or online at: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/digital/collections/cul/texts/ldpd_5800727_002/
We also learn about their dual portrait painted during their honeymoon in London by John Singer Sargent which you may view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
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