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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Looking at a sculpture of a soldier, 1920. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-111853).


Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt (09 January 1875–18 April 1942), sculptor and patron of the arts, was born in New York City, the daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, considered the wealthiest man in the United States, and Alice Claypoole Gwynne. She was raised in a neo-Renaissance palazzo in her native New York City. She attended the Brearley School and became a debutante, as befitted her social position. Vanderbilt graduated in 1894 and married ...