Hetty Burlingame Beatty

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Hetty Burlingame Beatty
Born (1907-11-08)November 8, 1907
New Canaan, Connecticut
Died August 20, 1971(1971-08-20) (aged 63)
Nationality American
Education School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts
Known for Illustration, Sculpture
Movement American modernism
Spouse(s) Lewis F. Whitney (m. 1959)

Hetty Burlingame Beatty (October 8, 1907 – August 20, 1971) was an American sculptor, children's author and illustrator.[1]


Beatty was born in New Canaan, Connecticut. From 1924 until 1929 she attended the Boston Museum School. She trained as a sculptor. Frederick W. Allen was the daily instructor at that time with Charles Grafly coming up from Philadelphia twice a month to give criticisms as head of the Sculpture Department.

Her works were exhibited nationally and won a number of awards. A one-woman show of her sculpture and drawings was held at the Worcester Art Museum in 1941. She also had shows at: Art Institute of Chicago, Knoedler Gallery-New York City, MacBeth Gallery-New York, Pennsylvania Academy, and the Society of Independent Artists.[2]

In addition to being a sculptor, Beatty also took up writing and illustrating children’s books.

On October 11, 1959, she married Lewis F. Whitney, another artist.[1]

Beatty once commented to Contemporary Authors, "I started out as a sculptor and gradually shifted over to the field of writing, becoming so absorbed in it that I devote nearly all my time to it now, along with illustration of most of my own books for children.”[3]

Hetty Burlingame Beatty died on August 20, 1971.


  • Mrs. David Hunt Scholarship in Sculpture
  • Second prize at the International Exhibition of Horses in Sculpture in New York


  • Topsy (1947)
  • Little Wild Horse (1949)
  • Little Owl Indian (1951)
  • Bronto (1952)
  • Saint Francis and the Wolf (1953)
  • Droopy (1954)
  • Thumps (1955)
  • Bucking Horse (1957)
  • Voyage of the Sea Wind (1959)
  • Blitz (1961)
  • Moorland Pony (1961)
  • Trumper (1963)
  • Bryn (1965)
  • Rebel, the Reluctant Racehorse (1968)


  1. ^ a b "Beatty, Hetty Burlingame". Social Networks and Archival Context: SNAC. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Hetty Beatty - Artist, Art - Hetty Burlingame Beatty
  3. ^ Gale Literary Databases. "Hetty Burlingame Beatty." Contemporary Authors. 28 October 2003. 30 June 2005

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