Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington, American (1876 - 1973)

Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington (1876 - 1973) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her father was a professor of Paleontology at Harvard and from him she developed her interest in animals. She studied sculpture in Boston with Henry Kittleson before enrolling at the Art Students League where she studied under Herman Atkin MacNeil. Her earliest works consisted of domestic animals and dogs beginning with her 1903 exhibition at the Society of American Artists in New York of her sculpture of two horses titled Winter Noon.

She exhibited the same sculpture again at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904 and continued exhibiting throughout her life. She spent much time at the Bronx Zoo sketching and modeling the wild animals there. She went to France and Italy to study as was popular with American artists at that time, receiving many awards and honors for her works there. She won the Purple Rosette of the French Government and was made a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur for her equestrian group of Joan of Arc.  In 1923 she married the philanthropist Archer Huntington and in 1931 Mr. Huntington purchased 10,000 acres and built Brook Green Gardens near Charleston, South Carolina as a home and studio for his wife. There she entertained all of the famous artist of the day providing a location and the tools needed for her to work undisturbed by the impositions of the outside world. Anna Hyatt Huntington was one of the most prolific American artist of the 20th century, producing hundreds of models that were cast in bronze and some even in aluminum. Her studio at Brookgreen Gardens is open to the public and houses not only examples of her works but the works of many of the most famous and talented artists of her time.

Huntington received numerous awards, including the Chevalier Legion of Honor, the Purple Rosette from the French government, the Shaw Prize and the Watrous Gold Medal from the National Academy of Design, and gold medals from the Pennsylvania Academy and the Allied Artists of America. She was a member of the Associate National Academy, the National Academy of Design, the National Sculpture Society, the American Federation of Arts, National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the National Association of Women Artists. Huntington's work is recognized in many private collections and museums, including the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of New Mexico, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brookgreen Gardens, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

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