Tea with the Vanderbilts

tea biltmore 3

I do not mean to suggest that I was close to the Vanderbilts in the early 1900s, or that I have sipped tea on a porch at the Biltmore. But I am fairly certain the man seated on our right is George W. Vanderbilt II who built and owned the estate. The dog at his knee is most likely Cedric, his first St. Bernard.

Center chair, seated, may be George’s sister, Eliza Vanderbilt Webb, with her daughter, Frederica Vanderbilt Webb, standing behind her. The woman standing on the left is most likely Alice Claypoole Gwynne Vanderbilt, wife of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, and George’s sister-in-law. The woman seated in front of Alice, with the Irish wolfhound, is probably George’s wife Edith Dresser Vanderbilt.

The seated woman looking grumpy might be Margaret Louisa Vanderbilt Shepard, George’s sister, but I’m not putting any money on it. And the man with the moustache standing behind George, I have no idea. But I admire them all for taking tea with their dogs.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s