ANNA VAUGHN HYATT HUNTINGTON: 1876 – 1973
Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington 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 MacNeil. Her earliest works consisted of domestic animals and dogs beginning with her 1903. She spent much time at the Bronx Zoo sketching and modeling the wild animals there. She went to France and Italy to study receiving many awards and honors for her works there.
In 1923 she married the philanthropist Archer Huntington and in 1931 Mr. Huntington purchased 10,000 acres and built Brookgreen Gardens near Charleston, South Carolina as a home and studio for his wife. Anna Hyatt Huntington was one of the most prolific American artists 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.
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