Cid

  • Sculptor: Anna Hyatt Huntington
  • Dedicated: 1927
  • Medium and size: Bronze (16 feet), granite pedestal (approximately 16 feet);at the corners of the pedestal, 4 bronzes of soldiers (approximately 7 feet tall)
  • Location: Hispanic Society of America courtyard, west side of Broadway between 155th and 156th Streets. NOTE: The courtyard is locked when the Hispanic Society is closed, which includes the whole month of August. Check their websi te for hours.
  • Subway: 1 to 157th Street

Cid

Hispanic Society of 
America courtyard

Above: Hispanic Society of America courtyard (Wikipedia / New York Dolls)

Anna Hyatt Huntington

Huntington (1876-1973), a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is renowned for her animal sculptures. Joan of Arc1915, was her first major commission. In 1923 she married railroad heir Archer Huntington and came to share his passion for Spain, producing an ensemble for the Hispanic Society of America courtyard that includes the Cid, 1936, reliefs of Don Quixote and Boabdil, and numerous animals native to Spain. Manhattan also has her Marti, 1959. The Bronx has the Arabella Huntington Memorial (Woodlawn Cemetery.)

Many of Huntington’s works are on view at Brookgreen Gardens (Pawley's Island, S.C.), which she and her husband founded in 1931 as a showplace for American figurative sculpture. 

Cross References

Cross References

  • Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan has an excerpt from Southey's translation of the Poem of the Cid, and detailed commentary on the sculpture and on judging the Cid historically.

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