Giovanni Boldini 's Consuelo Vanderbilt and son
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Consuelo Vanderbilt (1876–1964), Duchess of Marlborough, and Her Son, Lord Ivor Spencer-Churchill (1898–1956)
Giovanni Boldini -- Italian-French portrait painter
The Met 
Oil on canvas
221.6 x 170.2 cm (87 1/4 x 67 in.) 
Gift of Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, 1946 (47.71) 
Jpeg: Friend of the JSS Gallery 

From: Dale Headington  
<We stlon> 
Date: Sun, 27 Oct 2002  

You have a comment underneath about the complexities of the Vanderbilts [since deleted]. The following brief note may help clarify the relations.  

Consuelo Duchess of Marlborough (1877-1964) [this painting] was the daughter of William Kissam Vanderbilt I and sister of William Kissam Vanderbilt II, whose first wife was Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt [off site] (1875-1935). They were the parents of Muriel and Consuelo Vanderbilt (the two girls in the double portrait) [off site]. Hence you were quite correct, the girls were Consuelo Marlborough's neices. Gladys Deacon (1881-1977)  was the second wife of the Duke of Marlborough after he and Consuelo were divorced. Edith Suyvesent Dresser Vanderbilt (1873-1958) was the wife of George Washington Vanderbilt, youngest brother to William Kissam Vanderbilt I (Consuelo's father) and therefore uncle to William Kissam Vanderbilt II and Consuelo Marlborough. 

Boldini Exhibit
Wildenstein Galleries, New York
page 4 catalogue


See John Singer Sargent's painting of Consuelo with her family in 1905: 
Duke of Marlborough Family 
John Singer Sargent 

The Misses Muriel and Consuelo Vanderbilt  
Oil on canvas  
224.2 x 120 cm  (88 1/4 x 47 1/4 in.)  
Gift of Mrs. Vanderbilt Adams 67.31.2  

The painting (thumbnail above) also painted by Boldini, is more around c.1915 - Consuelo was the younger of the two and born in 1903 - Dale guesses that she is about 12 in the picture.  


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