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Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt, 1875-1942

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dates 1875–1942
city New York
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other citiesOld Westbury, Long Island, NY;
gender F
historical notes Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was a sculptor, art patron and philanthropist. She was the founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

In 1896 she married Harry Payne Whitney, son of William C. Whitney, secretary of the Navy, 1885-1889. She studied sculpture under Henry Anderson, James Fraser and Andrew O'Connor.

In 1907 she opened a studio in Greenwich Village's MacDougal Alley. She was active in WW I charities, and sponsored the opening of the American Ambulance Field Hospital, Juilly, France, ca. 1914. While continuing her work as a sculptor in New York and France, she also supported young artists and formed the group Friends of the Young Artists, and in 1930 organized the Whitney Museum of American Art, which officially opened Nov. 1931 in New York City.

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Archives of American Art Whitney Museum of American Art, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers, 1855-1975 (bulk 1888-1942). see details...
Archives of American Art Research material on Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1883-1976. see details...
Archives of American Art Research material on Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1883-1976. see details...
Archives of American Art Maxfield Parrish letters, 1909-1912.
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Archives of American Art Whitney Studio Club exhibition catalogs and announcements, [undated] and 1916-1930. see details...
Archives of American Gardens The Studio 2001-2003.
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The Getty Research Institute Knoedler & Company Records see details...

see also:
Miller, Flora Whitney
Whitney, Harry Payne, 1872-1930
Whitney, William C. (William Collins), 1841-1904