|Artist||Huntington, Anna Hyatt|
21 3/4 x 13 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
|Inscription||Anna Hyatt Huntington, c. 1934 E. Gargani FDRY.NY|
|Credit line||Gift of the artist|
As a child, Huntington was taught the basics of sculpting by her sister, who was also an artist. Huntington's early interest in animals was encouraged by her father, a paleontology professor at Harvard University. She pursued her interests at the Art Students League in New York where she studied under Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore. While in New York, Huntington regularly visited the Bronx Zoo to sketch and model the animals. In 1923, Huntington married the philanthropist and sculptor Archer Huntington. In 1931, the couple bought 10,000 acres of land near
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. There they established Brookgreen Gardens, a wildlife sanctuary and sculpture garden that remains open to the public today.