Arabella Huntington

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Arabella Huntington, around 1870

Catherine Arabella Duval Huntington (born June 1, 1851 in Richmond , Virginia , † September 16, 1924 in New York ) was an American art collector and art patron .


Catherine Arabella Yarrington was the daughter of Richard M. Yarrington (1808-1860) and Catherine J. Maddox, within the family she was called Belle . She received a comprehensive and excellent education and spoke several foreign languages.

In 1869, the 18-year-old Catherine Arabella Yarrington had a relationship with the gambling operator John Archer Worsham (1821-1878). However, he soon died, leaving her with a child, Archer Milton (1870–1955). On July 12, 1884, she married in New York the co-owner of the Central Pacific Railroad Collis P. Huntington (1821-1900), the eldest son of William Huntington (1782-1860) and Elizabeth Vincent (1791-1871). The marriage remained childless; however , he adopted their son Archer Milton. After the death of her husband in 1900, she married his nephew and President of the Pacific Electric Railway Henry E. Huntington (1850-1927) in Paris in July 1913 . Together with her husband, she traveled extensively through Europe, collected works of art and was involved in several charitable organizations. In 1919, Henry and Arabella Huntington signed the transfer of their San Marino, near Los Angeles property and collections to a charitable foundation, creating the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens (usually simply called the Huntington Library ). The Huntington Gallery, originally the family villa in the Beaux Arts style , houses one of the most comprehensive collections of British and French art of the 18th and 19th centuries; including Thomas Gainsborough's " The Blue Boy " and Thomas Lawrence's " Pinkie ". The Virginia Steele Scott Gallery of American Art in the west wing contains American paintings between 1730 and 1930, including works by John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt .

Arabella Huntington died on September 16, 1924 of complications from a heart attack and was buried in the family mausoleum on her estate in San Marino , California . The Huntington family mausoleum was designed by the architect John Russell Pope (1874–1937) and was considered a prototype for the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC


  • Cerinda W. Evans: Arabella Duval Huntington, 1851-1924 . Newport News 1959.
  • Robert W. Wark: Arabella Huntington and the Beginnings of the Art Collection. The Founding of the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery . Huntington Library, San Marino 1969.
  • Diana G. Wilson: The Mausoleum of Henry and Arabella Huntington . Huntington Library, San Marino 1989, ISBN 0-87328-125-X .
  • Shelley Bennett: The mysterious Arabella D. Huntington and her passion for collecting . In: Inge Reist, Rosella Mamoli Zorzi (eds.): Power underestimated. American women art collectors . Marsilio, Venice 2011, ISBN 978-88-317-9949-2 , pp. 101-118.
  • Shelley Bennett: The art of wealth. The Huntingtons in the Gilded Age . Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino 2013, ISBN 978-0-87328-253-6 .

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