Bronze, 16 3/8 x 23 3/4 inches
(41.6 x 50.3 cm.), location unknown,
historic photograph collection of SGNHS

Plaster, 16 x 26 1/4 inches (40.64 x 66.68 cm.),
collection of SGNHS

Gertrude Vanderbilt and William Henry II and Cornelius Vanderbilt III, 1882

Gertrude (1875-1942), William (1870-1892), and Cornelius Vanderbilt (1873-1942) were the children of Cornelius II (1843-1889) and Alice Claypole Gwynne Vanderbilt. Gertrude married Harry Payne Whitney in 1896. She became a sculptor, having studied with James E. Fraser and Andrew O’Connor. An ardent patron of American art, she founded the Whitney Museum in New York City. William Henry II died while a student at Yale. Cornelius III, who later married Grace Wilson, was a brigadier general in World War I and a designer of a practical locomotive tender. The original bronze portraits, now lost, were included in the dining room of the Fifth Avenue and 57th Street mansion built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II.