Lot 185
  • 185

Joseph Henry Sharp 1859-1953

175,000 - 225,000 USD
181,000 USD
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  • Joseph Henry Sharp
  • The War Chief's Son
  • signed J.H. Sharp, l.r.
  • oil on canvas


Collins Galleries, Bucksport, Maine
Acquired from the above


Forrest Fenn, The Beat of the Drum and the Whoop of the Dance, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1983, no. 4412 (possibly), p. 348
Forrest Fenn, Teepee Smoke: A New Look Into the Life and Work of Joseph Henry Sharp, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2007, no. 4412 (possibly) 

Catalogue Note

A typed inscription affixed to the reverse notes "I think this expression comes from my talking about his father who owned the buffalo hide war shield in the corner. The blue buck-skin [shirt] with porcupine quill ornaments I got in South Dakota soon after the last battle of Wounded Knee, the last stand of the Sioux in the Ghost Dance. The hair on the sleeves is horse hair but that on the breast is from scalp locks taken in battle. The buffalo robe belonged to Curley, Custer's Crow Scout and the only one who escaped  that massacre. I bought the robe from Curley 25 years ago. The red feathers in the war bonnet denote enemies killed in honorable battle. J.H. Sharp, 1924"