Bull Thigh

or
Bull Thigh—Cheyenne

Artist
Joseph Henry Sharp
Date
ca. 1903; [1897-1898]
Catalogue Number
327
Medium
oil on canvas
Inscriptions

UL: BULL THIGH. UR: CHEYENNE

LR: J.H.SHARP.

Dimensions
14 x 10 in.
Credit Line
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Accession Number
013-O-504
Subjects
Cheyenne, portrait, sketch

The artist; Joseph G. Butler, Jr., Youngstown, OH, 1904; present owner by purchase, 1913

This portrait of Chief Bull Thigh was purchased by Joseph G. Butler, Jr. in 1904 according to Sharp's sales ledgers. In a letter to Butler (2/15/04), Sharp confided in his patron that Bull Thigh was his "favorite character among the Cheyennes aside from Little Wolf." (Sharp Papers)  
 
There are other known, extant oil portraits of Bull Thigh, (Gilcrease Museum, Records 425 and 478) On the verso of Record 425 Sharp mentions a profile version that was exhibited in 1900 in the American section of the Fine Arts Exhibit at the Paris Exposition. It was titled simply Head of Cheyenne. The original of that version's whereabouts is not known, but there is an engraving of  Bull Thigh's profile portrait in the collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum. (related image 327a)