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Vanderbilt Collection - Kirkland Hall

Subject/Title:
William Henry Vanderbilt
1821 - 1885
Artist:Eastman Johnson
Date Created:1886
Owner/Location:Vanderbilt University
Frame Dimensions:
Image Dimensions:40" x 33 1/16"
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Condition:Excellent

Description:William H. Vanderbilt is seated in a green leather chair. Balding with full mutton chops, he is dressed formally in black suite with white shirt, tie, and vest.
History of Work:Portrait came to the University in 1973 as a gift from William H. Vanderbilt III, great grandson of William H. Vanderbilt.
Notes:William Henry was the fourth of thirteen children and the eldest of four sons born to Cornelius and Sophia (Johnson) Vanderbilt. He had continuing interest in the University which his father had founded providing funds for three new buildings for the campus in 1880.

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