Whitney was born in 1875 to Cornelius Vanderbilt, II. In 1896 she married Harry Payne Whitney, son of William C. Whitney, secretary of the navy, 1885–1889. She studied sculpture under Henry Anderson, James Fraser, and Andrew O'Connor. In 1907 she opened a studio in Greenwich Village's MacDougal Alley.
|The Juilly Hospital|
|Typical Ward at Juilly|
|The Artist Working on a War Piece|
(Quite a Change from the Society Lady, No?)
|St. Nazaire Monument Remembering the First Doughboys to Arrive in France|
|A Soldier Struggles to Aid His Comrades: Washington Heights, NYC|
While continuing her work as a sculptor in New York and France, she also supported young artists and formed the group Friends of the Young Artists, and in 1930 organized the Whitney Museum of American Art, which officially opened in November1931 in New York City.
Sources: American Field Service, New York City Archives, St. Nazaire, France website