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Albany Institute’s shoe collection includes high-buttons, high heels, slingbacks

A pair of brown leather boots was made (possibly in Albany) for a child and bear a metal toe plate inscribed with “Nov 29, 1852.”
A pair of brown leather boots was made (possibly in Albany) for a child and bear a metal toe plate inscribed with “Nov 29, 1852.”
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Under the skylight, in the grand Lansing Gallery at the Albany Institute of History & Art, a 6-foot-tall, head-to-toe image of a dark-haired Dutch woman stands out in the dense salon of paintings depicting 18th- and 19th-century America. In 1723, the 51-year-old Arianntje Coeymans, wearing a serious expression and a string of corn kernels around her neck, held still for the artist's brush after she married 28-year-old David VerPlanck. Her portrait is one of the ...

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