Anna Hyatt Huntington

Anna Hyatt Huntington
American 1876–1973
Descending Panther
Bronze, dark brown patina
7 H. x 4 W. x 3 1/8 D. inches
Signed: Anna V Hyatt
Stamped: Gorham Co. Founders / Q493 / 17 (cast number)

Anna Hyatt Huntington
American 1876–1973
Bear on its back

3 ⅜ H. X 4 ¼ W. X 3 D. inches
Bronze, brown patina
Signed on base: Anna V. Hyatt
Stamped Gorham Co. founders / Q4
Numbered: # 102

Anna Hyatt Huntington
American 1876–1973
Rhesus Monkey, Huey Discovers His Tail, 1936
Bronze, light brown patina
10 H. x 9 1/2 W. x 7 D. inches
Signed on base: Anna Hyatt Huntington / 1936
Stamped on base: Roman Bronze Works N.Y

Artist Description

Anna Hyatt Huntington

American (1876 – 1973)

Often confined in the category of animal sculptor, Anna Hyatt Huntington’s work strains against the limits of its category. Her animals prowl, attack, and gnaw. Their energy also expresses itself in the struggle against the solidity and resistance of their materials. The panther’s lithe form slithers up and over a budding mound of stone.

Anna Hyatt Huntington was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1876. She became one of America’s foremost animal sculptors, known for her wild and domestic animal sculpture as well as heroic monuments. She was influenced early by her father’s work as a paleontologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and by her mother’s illustrations of her father’s work. She had a special interest in horses and was also a frequent visitor to the Bronx Zoo in New York. With her older sister, she became a student in Boston of Henry Hudson Kittleson, and had her first exhibit when she was twenty-four years old that included forty pieces, which was quite unusual for an artist so young. She also studied in New York with Hermon Atkins MacNeil at the Art Students League and worked for a time with Gutzon Borglum. For a time she lived in New York with Abastenia St. Leger Eberle with whom she collaborated on a work titled “Men and Bull” in 1904 with Huntington doing the bull. Among her many honors was being made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor for her equestrian statue of Joan of Arc, and this success assured her reputation.

At age forty seven, she married the Hispanic poet Archer Huntington, the son of railroad
magnate Collis Huntington. They started America’s first outdoor public sculpture garden on their South Carolina estate Brookgreen, which they bought in the 1930s. In 1940, they settled in Connecticut where they raised deer hounds and birds on their estate, Stanerigg Farm. The place became a gathering spot for many friends, and together they roamed the grounds with Huntington scaring off bird-threatening squirrels with her 22 caliber rifle. She continued sculpting until her death at age ninety-seven in 1973. During her career she exhibited at the National Academy of Design, 1881-1950, Art Institute of Chicago, 1898-1916, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1899-1943, Boston Art Club, 1901 and the Paris Salon, 1910.

Her memberships include: Brookgreen Gardens, Copley Society, National Academy of Design, National Association of Women Artists, National Sculpture Society, American Federation of the Arts, Institute of Arts and Letters. Her sculptures are represented in a number of Public Collections including: Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Edinburgh Museum, and Brookgreen Gardens.

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