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Christopher BenfeyBarbara Dayer Gallati's Children of the Gilded Era: Portraits by Sargent, Renoir, Cassatt, and Their Contemporaries makes a beguiling stocking stuffer, with its worldly portraits ''intended both to preserve the likeness of a precious child and to function as objects of aesthetic value.'' Here the inanimate objects sometimes steal the show: the runaway toy horse and bright red cart in Eakins's studious ''Baby at Play,'' or the outsize porcelain vases that convey as much emotion as the blase older sisters in Sargent's masterpiece ''The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit.'' It is good to be reminded what a great painter of children Cecilia Beaux was, especially when she compels us, as in her oddly angled portrait of her wide-awake niece, ''Ernesta With Nurse,'' to view the world from a child's point of view.
— The New York Times