April 11, 2018

Ekphrastic April, Day 11: "Portrait of Anna Vaughn Hyatt"

"Portrait of Anna Vaughn Hyatt" (1915) by Marion Boyd Allen [1862-1941].

at his knee

the zoologist's daughter
absorbed anatomy

she studied sculpture
and became as close to a god
as a women could be

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Anna Vaughn Hyatt, an accomplished sculptor, became one of the highest paid women in the United States in the early twentieth century.


  1. I love how her face is superimposed on the lion's face behind her. Is she fierce, or what?!?!

  2. What a good poem, Diane! And what a fascinating woman!

  3. It's a wonderful poem to respond to this important woman's portrait and to the artist who painted her with such great respect. I enjoyed learning about her life. What a talent to be sure to learn well about animals and then translate it into her own work. "as a woman could be" says a lot!