Herbert Haseltine was born in 1877 in Rome, Italy, the son of the wealthy American landscape painter William Stanley Haseltine(1835-1900), he studied at Harvard University. After graduating in 1899, Haseltine went to the Academy in Munich, Germany to study drawing and then to the Academie Julian in Paris, France where he studied painting. After his first piece of sculpture was met with success, he pursued that artistic avenue. Inspired by the gathering of artists from around the world to the Montparnasse Quarter of Paris, Haseltine chose to make Paris his home for the next thirty-five years until the German occupation of France during World War II. He moved to the United States where he remained until 1947 at which time he returned to France.

Haseltine sculpted a variety of animals but is best known for his equestrian sculptors, most notably the 1934 life-size statue of the thoroughbred race horse Man O' War at the Kentucky Horse Parkin Lexington, Kentucky. He replicated many of his large works in tabletop sizes. The author of a number of books on animalier art, Haseltine was well connected in American upper-class society and did a three-year project to create a work for heiress Barbara Hutton.

Herbert Haseltine died in Paris, in 1962.

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