Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt, 1875-1942
type Collector Patron Artist
dates 1875-1942
city New York City
stateNY
other citiesOld Westbury, Long Island, NY;
gender F
history 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.

decades1900-1910
1910-1920
1920-1930
1930-1940
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Archives of American Art
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Whitney Museum of American Art, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers, 1855-1975 (bulk 1888-1942). see details...
Archives of American Art
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Research material on Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1883-1976. see details...
Archives of American Art
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Research material on Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1883-1976. see details...
Archives of American Art
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Maxfield Parrish letters, 1909-1912.
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Archives of American Art
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Whitney Studio Club exhibition catalogs and announcements, [undated] and 1916-1930. see details...
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Capital Gallery Building, Suite 3300
The Studio 2001-2003.
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The Getty Research Institute
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M. Knoedler & Co. records, approximately 1848-1971 see details...

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