Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
1875 – 1942 A.D.
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney), an American sculptor, daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt. In 1896 she was married, and after a distinguished social career, she studied sculpture with James E. Fraser and Andrew O’Conner.
Good examples of her work are the Titanic Memorial in Washington and the Fountain of El Dorado, exhibited at San Francisco. Mrs. Whitney has done much to encourage Young Artists through the Society of Friends of Young Artists, which she organized.
During the European War she established and maintained a hospital for wounded at Neuilly, France, for which she was awarded a gold medal by the French Foreign Office in 1915.
Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.