Anna Hyatt Huntington

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Anna Hyatt Huntington
Anna Hyatt Huntington, American sculptor, 1876-1973.jpg
Anna Hyatt Huntington
Birth nameAnna Vaughn Hyatt
Born(1876-03-10)March 10, 1876
Cambridge, Massachusetts
DiedOctober 4, 1973(1973-10-04) (aged 97)
NationalityAmerican
FieldSculpture
TrainingArt Students League of New York
AwardsChevalier de la Légion d'honneur[1]
 
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Anna Hyatt Huntington
Anna Hyatt Huntington, American sculptor, 1876-1973.jpg
Anna Hyatt Huntington
Birth nameAnna Vaughn Hyatt
Born(1876-03-10)March 10, 1876
Cambridge, Massachusetts
DiedOctober 4, 1973(1973-10-04) (aged 97)
NationalityAmerican
FieldSculpture
TrainingArt Students League of New York
AwardsChevalier de la Légion d'honneur[1]

Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington (March 10, 1876 – October 4, 1973) was an American sculptor.

Life and career[edit]

Huntington was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her father, Alpheus Hyatt, was a professor of paleontology and zoology at Harvard University and MIT, and served as a contributing factor to her early interest in animals and animal anatomy. Anna Hyatt first studied with Henry Hudson Kitson in Boston, who threw her out after she identified equine anatomical deficiencies in his work (Rubenstein 1990).[full citation needed] Later she studied with Hermon Atkins MacNeil and Gutzon Borglum at the Art Students League of New York. In addition to these formal studies she spent many hours doing extensive study of animals in various zoos and circuses. She was one of 250 sculptors who exhibited in the 3rd Sculpture International held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the summer of 1949.[citation needed]

In 1932, Huntington became the first woman artist to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.[2]

Huntington and her husband, Archer Milton Huntington, founded Brookgreen Gardens near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She was a member of the National Academy of Design and the National Sculpture Society and a donation of $100,000 from her and her husband made possible the NSS Exhibition of 1929. Because of her husband's enormous wealth and the shared interests of the couple, the Huntingtons were responsible for founding fourteen museums and four wildlife preserves.[citation needed] They also gifted Collis P. Huntington State Park, consisting of approximately 800 acres (3.2 km2) of land in Redding, Connecticut, to the State of Connecticut.

She was the aunt of the art historian A. Hyatt Mayor.[citation needed]

Death and legacy[edit]

Anna Hyatt Huntington, works on a statue of Jose Marti

Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington died October 4, 1973. She is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York,[3] next to her husband Archer Milton Huntington who preceded her in death on December 11, 1955.[4]

Her papers are held at Syracuse University,[5] and the Archives of American Art.[6]

Public equestrian monuments[edit]

Her animal sculptures, figures of both life-sized and in smaller proportions, are in museums and collections throughout the United States. She spent two years collaborating with Abastenia St. Leger Eberle to produce Man and Bull, which was exhibited at the St. Louis Exposition in 1904.

The Hispanic Society of America was founded in 1904 by her husband, Archie Huntington. Anna was responsible for the art in its courtyard,[7] including:

Two statues by Anna Hyatt Huntington grace the entrance to Collis P. Huntington State Park in Redding and Bethel, Connecticut. One statue shows a mother bear with her cubs and the other statue shows two wolves howling. The park was donated to the state of Connecticut by the Huntingtons.

In her Horse Trainer (Balboa Park, San Diego) she enlivens the theme of the Roman marble Horse Tamers of the Quirinale, Rome, which had been taken up by Guillaume Coustou for the horses of Marly.

Huntington's Joan of Arc stands at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Ninety-third Street in Manhattan. The work earned her the first-place award at an exhibit in Paris in 1910 that was taken back when the judges stated that it was too good to have been created by a woman.

Photographic gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anna Hyatt Huntington Papers". Syracuse University. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ John P. O'Neill, ed. (2001). American Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: A catalogue of works by artists born between 1865 and 1885. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 600. ISBN 0-87099-923-0. 
  3. ^ Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington at Find a Grave
  4. ^ Archer Milton Huntington at Find a Grave
  5. ^ "Anna Hyatt Huntington Papers An inventory of her papers at Syracuse University". Library.syr.edu. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  6. ^ Archives of American Art. "Summary of the Anna Hyatt-Huntington papers, 1902-1967 | Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution". Aaa.si.edu. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  7. ^ Dare, Kitty. "The Hispanic Society Sculptural Program". Media Center for Art History at Columbia University. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Christen, Arden G., and Joan A. Christen. 2007. "An Ethical Lesson Learned from the Equestrian Sculpture, "The Torch Bearers," at the University of Madrid Dental School," Journal of the History of Dentistry 55(3): 160-164. Accessed: March 8, 2013.
  9. ^ Wright, Robert. 2011, May 31. "Buenos Aires: Monumento al Cid Campeador," Line of Sight (blog). Accessed: March 8, 2013.

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