Huntington was one of the most prominent animal sculptors of the early twentieth century, celebrated for her keen powers of observation. “Reaching Jaguar” and its companion piece, “Jaguar” (26.85.2), were based on Huntington’s studies of Señor Lopez, a jaguar from Paraguay who 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. 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.
Marking: [foundry mark, back of base, lower edge]: JNO. WILLIAMS INC. N. Y. / 1926
Commissioned by Archer M. Huntington for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1926