Reaching Jaguar, 1906–7; this cast, 1926
Anna Hyatt Huntington (American, 1876–1973)
Bronze; 48 x 44 x 22 in. (121.9 x 111.8 x 55.9 cm)
Gift of Archer M. Huntington, 1926 (26.85.1)
Huntington was one of the most prominent animal sculptors of the early twentieth century, celebrated for her keen powers of observation. The powerful effect of Reaching Jaguar derives from the attenuated, muscular form and the illusion that the stealthy feline is about to pounce from its rocky outlook. Reaching Jaguar and its companion piece, Jaguar, were based on studies of Señor Lopez, a jaguar from Paraguay that was the first feline occupant of the Lion House at the Bronx Zoo. Stone versions of the pair are installed as gateposts at the zoo.