Monday, July 16, 2012

Mrs. Vanderbilt's Ball



Above is a picture of a ball being held in the famous Vanderbilt mansion at 640 Fifth Avenue, in New York City. The ball was given by Grace Wilson Vanderbilt, who is probably toward the front of the house greeting guests, and as usual her husband, General Vanderbilt, is not in attendance. Guests are gathering in her famous Great Hall around William Henry's malachite vase, waiting for Grace to signal to enter the ballroom. This was one of the last balls in the Vanderbilt Mansion, held on June 5, 1941. Picture courtesy of Bettmann Archive.

1 comment:

  1. It seems there's a collection of photographs of guests who attended Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt's legendary 1883 costume ball in the archives at the New-York Historical Society. Have you ever accessed that collection?

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