Chief Big Nose

or
Big Nose, Cheyenne Chief

Artist
Joseph Henry Sharp
Date
1898
Catalogue Number
330
Medium
oil on canvas
Inscriptions

LL: COPYRIGHT 1898 / BY / J.H.SHARP.

Dimensions
14 x 10 in.
Credit Line
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Accession Number
913-O-539
Subjects
Cheyenne, portrait

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

Given the date and signature style, this would appear to be a Pueblo man, probably from Taos. However, a monotype issued around 1900 and displayed in Sheridan, WY that fall was titled Big Nose, Cheyenne Chief.  He was noted as having the last name of Mower and coming from Oklahoma, so Sharp probably posed him in Taos in 1898 as the Southern Cheyenne visited the Pueblo annually each fall.