von Hausen portrait of E.T. Stotesbury

Portrait of E.T. Stotesbury at the El Mirasol fountain by F.C. Von Hausen, 1936

Edward T. Stotesbury


host to Presidents and Princes, was a prominent partner at J.P. Morgan & Co. and its Philadelphia affiliate Drexel & Co. for over fifty-five years. He also was an accomplished breeder of champion trotting horses, a conservationist, and a generous patron of art, opera and architecture. Although the number two Morgan partner for many years, he resisted the persistent attempts by J. Pierpont Morgan to convince him to move from Philadelphia to New York in order to help run the office there. Ever precise, shrewd and witty, E.T. Stotesbury played a key role in the founding and growth of many of America's great corporations.

Stotesbury and his second wife Eva built three palatial estates: Whitemarsh Hall outside of Philadelphia; El Mirasol in Palm Beach, Florida; and Wingwood in Bar Harbor, Maine. The 147 room Whitemarsh Hall housed one of America's foremost collections of British eighteenth century portraits, and it was arguably the finest example of Palladian architecture in the country.

The Stotesbury story is filled with appearances by characters such as General Douglas MacArthur, who married Stotesbury's stepdaughter Louise Cromwell Brooks in 1922; the "Traction Twins" P.A.B. Widener and William L. Elkins; steel titans Andrew Carnegie, Joseph Wharton and Charles Schwab; horse breeders Judge William H. Moore and Alfred G. Vanderbilt; opera stars Mary Garden, Nellie Melba and Luisa Tetrazzini; architects Horace Trumbauer and Addison Mizner; tobacco heiress Doris Duke, known as "the richest girl in the world," who married Stotesbury's stepson James H.R. Cromwell in 1935; jeweler Pierre Cartier; New York model Dot King (whose murder remains unsolved to this day); art dealer Joseph Duveen; and of course Eva Stotesbury, whose exquisite wardrobe and jewels were exceeded only by her beauty, grace and charm. It tells of how a man who started as a clerk at Drexel & Co. in Philadelphia in 1866 worked his way to the top of one of America's great investment banking houses, and how he made--and lost--one of America's great fortunes.

The richness of E.T. Stotesbury's life offers a wealth of information. Much as I would like to, I won't be able to include all of this in my book. This website provides greater details about some aspects of the life of E.T. Stotesbury than the book will be able to offer. Feel free to check back periodically as additional data is added from time to time, and I look forward to having the book ready for you to read soon.

--Wayne C. Willcox

What's New:

  • An update on two portraits that hung in El Mirasol (see Santvoort-Moreelse portraits)
  • A piece from the large fountain in the main garden (see Lead Dolphin)
  • A new video on a family grouse shooting adventure in Scotland (see Grousing at Invermark)
  • Update on furniture that used to be in Whitemarsh Hall (see Furnishings)
  • Update on limestone pilaster capitals from the front entrance of Whitemarsh Hall (see Capitals)
  • Update on a Stotesbury painting by Perronneau sold at auction in Philadelphia in 2017 (see Perronneau)
  • Update on the El Mirasol bedroom furniture that used to belong to E.T. Stotesbury (see El Mirasol Bedroom)
  • Update on an antique Italian sanctuary lamp that used to hang in the dining room at El Mirasol in Palm Beach (see El Mirasol--Lamp)




  • The 1897 Art Collection
  • Art Collected after 1897
  • The Portraits of E.T. Stotesbury






(including rare film footage of two of Mr. Stotesbury's birthday parties at El Mirasol, and Mr. Stotesbury at Palm Beach in 1922)

  • Listen to one of E.T. Stotesbury's Favorite Songs


  • The story of the oldest and most prestigious high school rowing regatta in the country
  • The story of the1930 yacht Nedeva, the only (barely) surviving Stotesbury yacht
  • Updates on the current status of some of the more interesting items from the life of E.T. Stotesbury, such as
    • A lead fountain piece from the large fountain at the base of the main garden
    • Limestone capitals from the front entrance to Whitemarsh Hall
    • Watches and clocks that belonged to E.T. Stotesbury
    • Whitemarsh Hall furnishings and furniture
    • Trophies and awards given to E.T. Stotesbury
    • A hanging lamp from the dining room at El Mirasol
    • The Stotesbury family bible
    • Monogrammed silver made by Cartier
    • The portrait of Miss Glover of Bath, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.
    • The 1925 Stotesbury Locomobile
    • The Stotesbury yacht Nedeva (the one built in 1930)
    • E.T. Stotesbury's bed and furniture from El Mirasol
    • The private Reading Railroad car used by E.T. Stotesbury
    • The Stotesbury portrait of Vigée Le Brun
    • Exterior carvings from the Tea Room at Whitemarsh Hall

E.T. Stotesbury reading a book

In answer to those who said that E.T. Stotesbury "never read a book...."

Photo Source: Private Collection

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