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'The Art of Wealth' tells the intimate story of the Huntington family




Henry E. Huntington, standing with cane in front of the bronze door to the library building, Henry E. Huntington estate, San Marino, ca. 1927.
Henry E. Huntington, standing with cane in front of the bronze door to the library building, Henry E. Huntington estate, San Marino, ca. 1927.
Huntington Library, Art Collections, Botanical Gardens
Henry E. Huntington, standing with cane in front of the bronze door to the library building, Henry E. Huntington estate, San Marino, ca. 1927.
Portrait of Arabella Huntington.
The Huntington Library
Henry E. Huntington, standing with cane in front of the bronze door to the library building, Henry E. Huntington estate, San Marino, ca. 1927.
Portrait of Collis P. Huntington. ca. 1860.
Hispanic Society of America
Henry E. Huntington, standing with cane in front of the bronze door to the library building, Henry E. Huntington estate, San Marino, ca. 1927.
Portrait of Henry Huntington.
The Huntington Library
Henry E. Huntington, standing with cane in front of the bronze door to the library building, Henry E. Huntington estate, San Marino, ca. 1927.
Arabella and Collis Huntington's Homestead Residence, Throggs Neck, Westchester County, N.Y.
Hispanic Society of America
Henry E. Huntington, standing with cane in front of the bronze door to the library building, Henry E. Huntington estate, San Marino, ca. 1927.
Master Bedroom, Arabella Huntington's West 54th Street residence, New York City, 1882–84.
Hispanic Society of America
Henry E. Huntington, standing with cane in front of the bronze door to the library building, Henry E. Huntington estate, San Marino, ca. 1927.
homas Gainsborough, The Blue Boy, ca. 1770.
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
Henry E. Huntington, standing with cane in front of the bronze door to the library building, Henry E. Huntington estate, San Marino, ca. 1927.
Inside the Main Portrait Gallery at the Huntington Library.
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Henry E. Huntington, standing with cane in front of the bronze door to the library building, Henry E. Huntington estate, San Marino, ca. 1927.
An 18th century painting seen in the Main Portrait Gallery at the Huntington Library.
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Huntington Beach. Huntington Gardens. Huntington Library. The Huntington name is among the most famous in Los Angeles history. Turn a corner and you'll find something with the family name on it.

There's a new inside story to how East Coast railroad tycoons came to build one of the largest art collections in southern California. 

In her new book, "The Art of Wealth: The Huntingtons in the Gilded Age," author Shelley Bennett takes us inside the personal lives of four members of the Huntington family.

Tess Vigeland recently sat down with Bennett inside what was once the home of Henry and Arabella Huntington on the grounds of the Huntington Library in San Marino, which hosts more than 500,000 visitors each year.