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Whitney, William Collins, 1841-1904

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role Collector
dates 1841-1904
city New York City
stateNY
other citiesConway, MA; Cambridge, MA; Washington, DC; New Haven, CT;
gender M
historical notes William Collins Whitney was a collector, lawyer, horseman, businessman, financier and political leader (United States Secretary of the Navy).

Whitney's collection included decorative arts of fifteenth and sixteenth Centuries, two portrait by Van Dyck (Charles I and Willem de Villiers, Vicomte Grandisson), a bronze gate from the Doria Palace at Rome, silver hanging lamp, paintings attributed to Pinturicchio, Millet's "The Sowers", architectural carvings from palaces and cathedrals, Italian primitives, Persian rugs, tapestries and embroideries.
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1890-1900
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Museum of the City of New York
Photograph Collections
Interiors, W.C. Whitney, ca. 1899: Byron Company Collection see details...
Museum of the City of New York
Photograph Collections
The William C. Whitney Residence, ca. 1901: Byron Company Collection see details...
Cornell University Libraries
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
William C. Whitney scrapbook, 1899. see details...
Harvard University Archives
Pusey Library, Harvard Yard
Letters to James C. Carter, 1876-1882. see details...
Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
The Harry Payne Whitney collection of William Collins Whitney correspondence, 1757-1942 see details...
Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Thomas F. Bayard papers, 1780-1899 (bulk 1860-1898). see details...
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street


William Eustis Russell papers, 1846-1920; bulk: 1888-1896. see details...
Museum of the City of New York
Photograph Collections
The William C. Whitney Residence, 1900: Byron Company Collection see details...

see also:
Whitney, William Payne, 1876-1927
Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt, 1875-1942
Whitney, Harry Payne, 1872-1930
Straight, Willard Dickerman, 1880-1918