Mrs. G.G. Whitney (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1913

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Bain News Service,, publisher.

Mrs. G.G. Whitney

[ca. 1913?]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
On negative: "Photo by Curtis Bell."
Photo shows philanthropist and Countess of Yarmouth, Mrs. Geoffrey Gordon Whitney (1880-1955), the former Alice Cornelia Thaw, who was married in 1913 to Geoffrey George Whitney, Sr. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 2688-1


Owner: The Library of Congress
Source: Flickr Commons
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    • 23/Mar/2009 02:22:02

    This seems quite likely to be the former Alice Cornelia Thaw. From "Alice Thaw (January 2, 1880 - ? March 1969) - Baptized 11 DEC 1881 at 3rd Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania Alice Cornelia (Thaw) Seymour Whitney; in a much talked of international match, she became the Countess of Yarmouth. She married George Francis Alexander Seymour (20 October 1871, d. 16 February 1940), the son of Hugh de Grey Seymour, 6th Marquess of Hertford and Hon. Mary Hood, on 27 April 1903 in Pittsburgh. It is said that the earl extorted money from her at her wedding and promptly deserted her. Her marriage to George Francis Alexander Seymour was annulled in 1908. He was styled Lord Hertford; he died in 1940, aged 68 and childless, and his titles passed to his nephew. Later (before 1914), Alice Thaw became Mrs. Geoffrey G. Whitney (Geoffrey Gordon Whitney was born July 21, 1882 in Boston). Their estate was at Woods Hole. " The engagement announcement on December 19, 1912 has a different middle initial for her future husband, but her May 1955 obituary at (subscripton required), gives his name as Geoffrey G. Whitney. dates the wedding as April 22, 1913. So the photo may be from around the time of the wedding. She was the sister of Harry K. Thaw, husband of Evelyn Nesbit. See

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    Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )

    • 29/Dec/2010 19:27:48

    I started a biography of her in Wikipedia: LOC: Please correct her death year to 1955.

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    Barbara (LOC P&P)

    • 03/Jan/2011 13:57:41

    Thanks for pointing out the correct death date. We'll adjust the description when we next update.