The Gilded Gentleman

By Carl Raymond

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The Gilded Gentleman history podcast takes listeners on a cultural and social journey into the mansions, salons, dining rooms, libraries and theatres including the worlds above as well as below stairs of America's Gilded Age, France's Belle Epoque and late Victorian and Edwardian England. thegildedgentleman.com

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Stealing a Smile: The Theft of the Mona Lisa, Paris 1911
00:30:20

XVIII. The enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa has captured the attention of the public for centuries. But even today, few people actually realize that on a warm summer morning in Paris in 1911, the painting was actually stolen.  

Press hysteria surrounding this unusual theft made the masterwork of DaVinci's quite simply the most famous painting in the world.  But much is still murky in the story of its theft and recovery. Join The Gilded Gentleman as he takes a look at this case and and attempts to piece it together. 

Jun 21, 2022
VICTORY AND APOLLO: Black Artists Models Hettie Anderson and Thomas McKeller
00:30:10

XVII. Gazing up at the dramatic gilded statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman being led into battle by the allegorical figure of Victory in New York's Grand Army Plaza or staring at the mythological figures that are painted on the Rotunda ceiling of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, one can't help but be struck by the beauty, majesty and power of elements in these works.

Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens' model for the image of Victory on the Sherman monument was a mixed race woman named Hettie Anderson and John Singer Sargent used the Black model Thomas McKeller as the principal model for his depictions of the Greek deities in his Boston paintings.   

Recent scholarship and discoveries have shed light into the lives and work of both of these models. This episode tells the story of what is known about the worlds of these exceptional artists models and the great art that they inspired.

Jun 07, 2022
Mary Rogers Williams: The Rediscovered Life of a Gilded Age Impressionist
00:40:36

XVI. Independent scholar and author Eve Kahn, today's guest on The Gilded Gentleman, calls Mary Rogers Williams "the Mary Cassatt you never heard of". 

While Cassatt and Rogers lives differed and they likely never met, the rediscovered life of Gilded Age painter Mary Rogers Williams is a fascinating tale of late 19th century artistic circles. Originally from the farmlands of Connecticut, Williams lived and painted among famous artists in New York, London and Paris, and her studies included time with artists such as William Merritt Chase and James McNeill Whistler

A mysterious painting and an extraordinary discovery in 2012 led Kahn to reconstruct the life and world of a unique, innovative -- yet little known until now -- female artist of the Gilded Age. 

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May 24, 2022
Golden Plates and Dinners on Horseback: Tales of Dining in Gilded Age New York
00:34:34

XVI. Outrageous stories of Gilded Age dinners served on plates of gold, live swans swimming in a lake in the center of your table and yes, even dinners served on horseback are all true. 

In this show, find out what some of the actual dishes served really were made and served along with stories of the restaurateurs, chefs and hostesses that created these lavish events. 

We'll take a look at some actual balls and dinners given my Mrs. Astor among others and even on the fictional table of Bertha Russell in the recent HBO series The Gilded Age.

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May 10, 2022
Castle Howard to Highclere: Treasures of the English Country House.
00:34:53

XV. For fans of the great period television and film dramas Downton Abbey and Brideshead Revisited (among many others), one of the great pleasures is seeing the grand, sumptuous, imposing interiors of some of England's greatest homes used as stage sets in the drama.  

This week's episode features Nick Dawes, master specialist and appraiser seen regularly on "Antiques Roadshow" who shares some insight into the decorative arts collections of some of these fictitious as well as some very real families.  

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Apr 26, 2022
A Sprig of Witch Hazel: Edith Wharton's Secret Affair
00:37:27

XIV. As writer Edith Wharton began to spend more and more time in Paris during the early years of the 1900s, she made the acquaintance of the American journalist Morton Fullerton.  Their meeting grew into a passionate and complicated love affair combining joy and emotional pain. 

Still, the affair led Wharton to some of her greatest creative moments and it wasn't until the 1980's when a long thought lost trove of letters brought the full story of the affair to light.  This week's episode brings you to the Paris of the Belle Epoque and into the story of this surprising romance.

For more stories of Edith Wharton from Carl Raymond, the Gilded Gentleman, tune into his appearance on the Bowery Boys episode Edith Wharton's New York.

Apr 12, 2022
The Gilded City: New York 1870-1900
00:44:02

XIII. To viewers of the first season of HBO's The Gilded Age, New York City itself became one of the show's most fascinating characters. In this episode, join master tour guides Emma Guest-Consales, PhD. and Jeff Dobbins for a unique look at the architecture, neighborhoods and landmarks that we see portrayed in the show.   Tune in for a look deep inside the Gilded Age metropolis with a perspective that only a tour guide can give.  

 

Explore upcoming tours with Emma, Jeff and Carl at Bowery Boys Walks 


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Mar 29, 2022
Social Climber: The Iron Will and Determined Rise of Alva Vanderbilt
00:41:12

XII. The fight for social dominance and acceptance was a battle fought by many Gilded Age wives along with their financial warrior husbands.  One of the most famous was Alva Vanderbilt who rose to finally make it through the golden portals into Mrs. Astor's social circle.  

Her iron determination resulted in her daughter Consuelo's seemingly fairytale marriage to a British aristocrat in 1895 - but none of it was a fairytale.  

Join The Gilded Gentleman for a look inside the story of who Alva really was as a social climber but also as a 19th century woman. 

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Mar 15, 2022
How To Pluck A Peacock: Delmonico's Charles Ranhofer and The Epicurean
00:42:08

XI. The New York restaurant Delmonico's became famous for bringing elegant, luxurious dining and sophisticated French dishes to American tables. 

The culinary genius behind these dramatic dishes was Delmonico's celebrity chef -- the Frenchman Charles Ranhofer -- who guided their kitchens from 1862 to 1896. Ranhofer left us with his extraordinary cookbook published at the height of the Gilded Age in the 1890's, called The Epicurean, detailing the ingredients and preparations of Delmonico's classic dishes.   

Join Carl and his guest, creative director and food stylist Victoria Granof, take a look at this extraordinary chef and some of the most outrageous dishes from Delmonico's tables - including a peacock

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Mar 01, 2022
Invisible Magicians: Domestic Servants in Gilded Age New York
00:45:53

X. Join The Gilded Gentleman for a look below stairs!  Carl is joined by Esther Crain, author of The Gilded Age in New York 1870-1914, to look at the various roles and responsibilities of domestic staff in grand mansions and even in more modest homes.  

Carl and Esther explore what servants did and most importantly who they really were.  This show pays tribute to the vast numbers of "invisible magicians" without whom the dinners, balls and  daily workings of households of the Gilded Age would never have been possible. 

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Feb 22, 2022
The Education of a Snob: Ward McAllister's American Aristocracy
00:37:51

IV.  The famous Mrs. Astor was credited with building and shaping the Gilded Age elite. But at her side and combining forces with her to create "the 400" was the controversial Ward McAllister.  

McAllister was originally a Southerner who himself developed a complex persona as the most socially knowledgeable and refined gentleman of the New York elite.  Join me for a look into who Ward McAllister really was, how he developed his famous reputation and what led to his infamous break from the social court of Mrs. Astor. 

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Feb 15, 2022
Ladies' Mile and the Glamour of Gilded Age Shopping
00:33:59

VIII.  During the 1870's and 1880's New York's famous Ladies' Mile shopping district took hold along Broadway, and grand palaces of retail grew, filled with splendors and luxuries to tempt the glittering clientele that swept through their doors. Join me and my guest, art historian and master guide, Emma Guest-Consales, PhD for a unique and fascinating Gilded Age shopping trip.

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Feb 08, 2022
Getting A Bad Rap: Spiritualism in the 19th Century
00:36:23

VII.  Many people throughout the 19th century were fascinated with the idea of connecting with the beyond. Even the famous 'Commodore' Cornelius Vanderbilt was intrigued with the notion. Historian Anthony Bellov joins Carl this week on The Gilded Gentleman for a look into some rather strange phenomena and the story of Vanderbilt and one of the most famous spiritualists of the period -- the captivating Victoria Woodhull.  

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Feb 01, 2022
The Gilded Page: A Conversation With Carol Wallace
00:35:13

VI.  New York Times bestselling author Carol Wallace discusses her just published novel of the Gilded Age called Our Kind of People as well as shares insights on her book To Marry an English Lord which served as an inspiration for Downton Abbey

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Jan 18, 2022
To Catch A Prince: Monaco's First American Princess
00:36:11

V.  Grace Kelly captured the attention of the world when she married Prince Rainier III and became Princess of Monaco in 1956.  Few people realize that she wasn't the first American born princess to hold the title.  

Travel back to the Belle Epoque and discover the story of Alice Heine, a New Orleans beauty who captured the heart of a prince nearly 100 years before. 

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Jan 04, 2022
Man About Town: The Story of Murray Hall
00:35:44

IV. When Tammany Hall campaigner and popular Greenwich Village resident Murray Hall died in 1901, his death produced a shock to his friends, colleagues and family and even the general public.  What had Murray hidden for so much of his life - and what tremendous impact did his story have that we feel its importance even today? 

This show features an interview with Ken Lustbader from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project. His research into Murray's life has helped keep this story alive. 

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Dec 21, 2021
The Real Mrs. Astor: Ruler or Rebel?
00:35:26

III. Caroline Astor was the undisputed queen of New York's Gilded Age elite, but what lay behind her imperious image?

Historian Tom Miller (from Daytonian in Manhattan) joins The Gilded Gentleman to talk about some aspects of Mrs. Astor and shares insights into her character we may not have known. 

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Dec 21, 2021
Divas, Diamonds and Drama: The Opening of the Metropolitan Opera 1883
00:26:47

II. Join the Gilded Gentleman for a night at the opera! The glittering, glamorous opening night of New York’s new opera house at the height of the Gilded Age had perhaps more drama going on in the audience than on the stage.

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Dec 07, 2021
Gilded Age or Gilded Cage? (with The Bowery Boys)
00:25:52

I. Was the Gilded Age as glamorous as it seemed? Join Carl and his guests -- Tom Meyers and Greg Young from the Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast --  to discuss the light and the dark of this fascinating era.

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Dec 07, 2021
Introducing: The Gilded Gentleman
00:02:10

If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, The Age of Innocence or Upstairs Downstairs, then we know The Gilded Gentleman podcast will be your cup of tea.

Every two weeks, social and culinary historian Carl Raymond and his occasional guests with sit down for a proper cup of tea and a chat about the society, culture, architecture, food, fashion, design, music and literature of America's Gilded Age, Paris’ Belle Époque and England’s Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Produced by Tom Meyers and Greg Young from the Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast.

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Nov 10, 2021