Edward Harrison May, 1824 - 1887
Edith Wharton, 24 Jan 1862 - 11 Aug 1937
Oil on canvas
Stretcher: 73 x 60.3 x 3.8cm (28 3/4 x 23 3/4 x 1 1/2")
Frame: 89.5 x 71.1 x 7.6cm (35 1/4 x 28 x 3")
Nature & Environment\Plant\Flower
Edith Wharton: Female
Edith Wharton: Humanities and Social Sciences\Historian
Edith Wharton: Literature\Writer\Novelist
Edith Wharton: Pulitzer Prize
Edith Wharton: Legion of Honor
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; This portrait was adopted by members of the National Portrait Gallery Commission in honor of Dan Okrent, chairman, 2004–8.
Restrictions & Rights
The sitter’s parents; the sitter; bequest to her niece Mrs. Beatrix Farrand, Bar Harbor Maine; sitter’s godson Colin Clark, England, [son of Kenneth Clark];(Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, Los Angeles); purchased 1982 NPG
Letter from Jacob Zeitlin to Robert G. Stewart, 12 July 1982. Whatron stipulated in her will  that her niece give the portrait tot Kenneth Clark’s son, her godson Colin. A photograph at Yale University, Beinecke Library, documents the portrait in her parents’ house in Newport, Rhode Island. See also correspondence with Erica Donnis, Curator of Collections, The Mount, Lenox, Mass. NPG curatorial file.