Anna Hyatt Huntington was born in Cambridge, MA in 1876. She was a celebrated American sculptor throughout her career.
She was the daughter of MIT and Harvard professor, Alpheus Hyatt, who taught paleontology and zoology. This contributed to Anna’s interest in anatomy and zoology, and would influence her sculpting. She studied with Henry H. Kitson in Boston, but he threw her out and refused to teach her more when she pointed out anatomical deficiencies of equines in his work. She then went on to study at the Art Student’s League in New York. There, she studied under Hermon Atkins MacNeil and Gutzon Borglum. She did extensive work of animals.
She married Archer Milton Huntington sometime before 1929, as she and her husband donated $100,000 to fund a Sculpture exhibition. Together, with her husband, she founded fourteen museums and four wildlife preservations. They also founded the Brookgreen Gardens.
In 1932 she became the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In the summer of 1949 her work was exhibited in the 3rd Sculpture International.
Anna Hyatt Huntington died in 1973. She is buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.
Legacy: Anna is a very famous female sculptor. Many have commissioned her for workings, and most of her famous ones are animals. One of her famous sculptures is of Sybil Ludington, a young woman who rode 40 miles to warn her father of the British attack on a township.