Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney : biography
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (January 9, 1875 – April 18, 1942) was an American sculptor, art patron and collector, and founder in 1931 of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. She was a prominent social figure and hostess, who was born into the United States Vanderbilt family and married into the Whitney family.
Life during World War I
During World War I, Gertrude Whitney dedicated a great deal of her time and money to various relief efforts, establishing and maintaining a hospital for wounded soldiers in Juilly, about 35 km northwest of Paris in France. Following the end of the War, she was involved in the creation of a number of commemorative sculptures.
It was also during World War I that her brother Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt perished in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania .