Art: Portrait Agency

Unlike the pictures that hang on the walls of other Manhattan galleries, 460 Park Avenue's portraits are not for sale. They are samples. Each sample is by a different portrait painter. Most of 460 Park Avenue's clients are bank presidents, business executives, hotel managers, or fond family folk who want a portrait of husband, wife or child. By looking over Mmes. Shaw & Duplaix's samples, they can decide which artist is their dish. Prices range from $50 (for a drawing job by Portraitist Hester Merwin) to $7,000 (for a high-class likeness, John...

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