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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
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Jo Davidson, 30 Mar 1883 - 2 Jan 1952
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 9 Jan 1875 - 18 Apr 1942
1968 cast after 1916 original
With Base: 58.4 x 38.1 x 24.1cm (23 x 15 x 9 1/2")
Socle footprint: 25.4 x 16.2cm (10 x 6 3/8")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney commissioned this portrait and a statuette of herself in New York in 1916. Davidson wrote: "This was her way of helping me carry on. . . . Her enthusiasm did much to help sustain my courage in this period." She funded Davidson's return to Paris after World War I to make portraits of the Allied leaders and continued to support his career, commenting about his posthumous portrait of her husband Harry Payne Whitney, "Everything he touches is like magic." An important early collector of modernist American art, she founded the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1931.
(M. Knoedler & Co., Inc.), New York; purchased NPG 1968
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