1921Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington’s Joan of Arc statue was dedicated to the city.People and Communities, Arts and Culture, Notable People, Art

The 300th-anniversary celebration parade around the Joan of Arc statue in Legion Square, 1923. Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 19567
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Over 10,000 people came on July 4, 1921, for a double dedication, partly for the American Legion Memorial Building and the base for the delayed replica of Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington’s Joan of Arc statue. The cenotaph, or base, was meant to look like a tomb and was designed by another Gloucester resident, Frederick G. Hall, who sourced the granite from local quarries. A tablet lists the names of the 57 Gloucester men who died in World War I.

Huntington’s Joan of Arc statue in Gloucester, one of several versions, is evidence of her profound knowledge and understanding of animals, and her ability to communicate both sculpturally. Huntington’s work was extremely popular. She was the first honorary female fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is considered one of the finest naturalist animal sculptors of twentieth-century America. It was mounted on the base on September 4, 1921.

Garland, Joseph E. The Gloucester Guide: A Stroll through Place and Time. The History Press ed, The History Press, 2004. Anna Hyatt Huntington: World War I Memorial to the Sons of Gloucester. https://www.gardnermuseum.org/blog/anna-hyatt-huntington-world-war-i-memorial-sons-gloucester.
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