Chief Joseph

or
Joseph, Nez Perce; Head of Chief Joseph

Artist
Joseph Henry Sharp
Date
ca. 1902; [1890]
Catalogue Number
25
Medium
oil on canvas
Inscriptions

LL: J.H.SHARP

Dimensions
20 1/8 x 14 1/4 in.
Credit Line
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK. Gift of the Thomas Gilcrease Foundation, 1955.
Accession Number
0137.427
Subjects
Chief, Joseph, Nez Perce, portrait

The artist; [?]; Dr. Philip G. Cole, Brooklyn, NY, 1927; Thomas Gilcrease, Tulsa, OK, 1947; The Thomas Gilcrease Foundation, 1955; present owner by gift

It is thought that this portrait, titled Chief Joseph, was first displayed at the St. Botolph Club in Boston in early 1903. Sharp had visited the Northwest the previous summer where the somber Nez Perce chief sat for him.
 
According to Sharp's sales ledgers, this portrait sold to Cole in July, 1928 for $450. He titled it Head of Chief Joseph. (Sharp Papers)