Artifact of the Month – dredged anchor watercolor

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For December, our artifact of the month is a lovely watercolor of a dredged anchor, the sea life growing on it almost making it look like a holiday wreath.  This piece is new to our collection and the staff were all pretty excited about it as it.  That excitement grew as the piece was further researched.

The image is supposed to be a depiction of an anchor dredged up in 1885 off Cape Ann by Alpheus Hyatt.  To anybody with some knowledge of our institutional history, the name Hyatt should sound familiar.  Alpheus was the father of our founder, Anna Hyatt Huntington.   Read more

Artifact of the Month – Jaguar statues

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Inspired by a recent story about how they came to be, I have decided to make our two Jaguar statues the artifacts of the month for April!  These two pieces are currently displayed in what we call our Huntington Room, so a lot of visitors probably haven’t seen them as this room is mostly used as a rental space or for staff meetings/events.  The room was named for Archer and Anna Huntington, with a smaller adjoining room (The Anna Room) being named for Anna Huntington.

The jaguars, titled “Reaching Jaguar” and just “Jaguar” were carved by Anna Hyatt Huntington sometime between 1926-1932.  Anna was a talented sculptress known for the accuracy in which she portrayed animals.  Anna’s father, Alpheus Hyatt, was a professor of zoology and paleontology and so Anna gained a love of animals early in life.  Despite this love, she had intended to become a violinist until an illness caused her to have to re-evaluate her chosen path.  Anna’s sister, Harriet, is who Anna credits with having really pulled her into the world of sculpting.  Harriet worked with Anna to create a sculpture of a boy and an animal as Harriet was not able to sculpt animals well.  (You can read an interview of Anna HERE where she mentions this)  Harriet is also known for sculpting a statue on our property called Shouting Boy.  For many years he was located in Kettle Pond, but now he is in one of our courtyards.   Read more