In Winter's Embrace

or
In Winter's Embrace—Mont. (Crow); In Winter's Embrace, Old Skin Teepee, Crow Res.

Artist
Joseph Henry Sharp
Date
1905-1906
Catalogue Number
703
Medium
oil on canvas
Inscriptions

LR: J.H.SHARP.

Dimensions
15 1/8 x 24 1/8 in.
Credit Line
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
Accession Number
2013.260
Subjects
Crow, camp, teepee, winter

The artist; June Fulmer, Great Falls, MT, 1939; [?]; [Maxwell Galleries, San Francisco, CA]; [?]; The Lunder Collection; present owner

The artist attached a label and a sketch  (#703 a) to the verso of this painting. On the label, probably intended for the buyer, June Fulmer, he referred to the work as In Winter's Embrace - Mont.. (Crow). He said it depicted "The last skin teepee owned by any Indian - Purchased 40 years ago and now in S. W. Museum Los Angeles, Calif." Sharp had purchased that teepee from the Blackfeet chief, Many White Horses, in 1905.
 
Fulmer purchased this work directly from Sharp in 1939 for $150. Sharp noted the sale in his sales ledgers with the title In Winter's Embrace Old Skin Teepee, Crow Res. (Sharp Papers) The artist had held the painting in his inventory for over three decades.
 
The painting was first exhibited in New York at the Fishel, Adler & Schwartz Gallery in late 1906 and again in 1912 at the University Club in Cincinnati. Its title was simply In Winter's Embrace.
 
It appears to be a winter sequel to a larger oil, October Snow, owned by the Stark Museum, (related image, # 674)