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Anna Hyatt Huntington

A vibrant painting of a light-skinned older woman in profile focusing calmly yet intently on sculpting details into a large sculpture of a human figure. Her white hair is short, neat, and wavy and she wears a blue collared shirt; she works by the sunlight beaming through a window.

Herbert Bohnert, Anna Hyatt Huntington Modeling "The Torchbearers", 1958; Courtesy of Brookgreen Gardens, Pawleys Islands

1876–1973

Huntington had been encouraged to develop her artistic talents by her father, an accomplished professor of paleontology and zoology. In 1923, at the peak of her career, Huntington married philanthropist and scholar Archer Milton Huntington.

In 1930, they purchased Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. At first a resting home for Huntington after she contracted tuberculosis in 1927, the gardens eventually became a public showcase for more than 300 sculptures (several by Huntington, others collected). She and her husband founded and supported many other cultural institutions, including the National Sculpture Society and the Hispanic Society of America.

The Huntingtons moved to Redding Ridge, Connecticut, in 1939 where she continued working after recovering from her illness. She began experimenting with aluminum, a lightweight, highly portable medium that allowed for more dynamic compositions. She created lively surfaces with rich modeling combined with abstract, stylized features borrowed from modernist trends.

Huntington, who exhibited internationally and received countless honors for her artistic talent and community service, continued working until a few years before her death at the age of 97.

Artist Details

  • Name

    Anna Hyatt Huntington
  • Birth

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1876
  • Death

    Redding Ridge, Connecticut, 1973
  • Phonetic Spelling

    AH-ah (h-eye)-eht HUHNT-ing-tehn

Works by Anna Hyatt Huntington

Yawning Panther

Anna Hyatt Huntington was a prolific artist known for her bronze animal sculptures. By combining classical features with modern abstract trends, Huntington developed a distinct style that captured the spirit of her subjects, such as Yawning Panther.

Huntington developed her intense attention to detail through close observation of animals at zoos, circuses, live animal shows, and farms. These experiences enabled her...

Bronze sculpture set on a polished green-gray stone base depicts a muscular panther with arched back and tail. The animal lies on its belly and stretches front and back legs out while opening its jaw in a convincing yawn, tongue protruding and teeth bared.