Thursday, 9 January 2014

Always gracious and sincere

A colourful recollection of one of her parties celebrating artist friends as recounted by the artist Jerome Myers:
"Matching it in memory is a party at Mrs. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's, on her Long Island estate, the artists there a veritable catalogue of celebrities, painters and sculptors. I can hardly visualize, let alone describe, the many shifting scenes of our entertainment: sunken pools and gorgeous white peacocks as line decorations spreading into the gardens; in their swinging cages, brilliant macaws nodding their beaks at George Luks as though they remembered posing for his pictures of them; Robert Chanler showing us his exotic sea pictures, blue-green visions in a marine bathroom; and Mrs. Whitney displaying her studio, the only place on earth in which she could find solitude. Here the artists felt at home, the Whitney hospitality always gracious and sincere."
Heiress, sculptor, art patron, collector, society hostess and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (9th January 1875 – 18th April 1942)


  1. I'm sure Gertrude was a perfectly swell gal, but that quote has to win the 20th Century Suck Up Sycophant award.

    1. I'm not overly keen on his art either... Jx


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