Firelight Drummer, "Hunting Son"

or
Evening Chant

Artist
Joseph Henry Sharp
Date
ca. 1924
Catalogue Number
649
Medium
oil on canvas
Inscriptions

LR: J.H.SHARP. Verso: Firelight Drummer / ("Hunting Son"). On backing board in Sharp's hand: Evening Chant-Firelight / -Teepee Interior.

Dimensions
16 1/4 x 20 1/4 in.
Credit Line
Stark Museum of Art, Orange, TX
Accession Number
31.25.31
Subjects
chant, drum, firelight

The artist; [?]; Charles O. Erbaugh Collection; [Jane Hiatt, La Fonda Art Gallery, Taos, New Mexico]; H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1954; present owner: Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, Orange, Texas, by bequest, 1965; accession to Stark Museum of Art, 1965

Sharp's inscriptions suggest that this work was painted in the early 1920s. A painting titled Evening Chant appeared in Cincinnati's Traxel's Art Galleries in 1922 and another work, titled Firelight Drummer, showed up at the same venue in 1924. The model could be Hunting Son and the mellow tones conform with canvases of this period. However, it is just as likely that the sitter is Francisco, Crucita's son, who was serving as Sharp's model at this time as well.
 
Sharp sold a 16 x 20 in. canvas he referred to in his sales ledgers as "Profile Francisco - firelight - buckskin shirt, drum" to Mrs. Fred C. Pence of Pasadena in early 1925. (Sharp Papers) There may be some connection there as well.