Jerry

or
[Jerry Elkfoot]

Artist
Joseph Henry Sharp
Date
ca. 1926
Catalogue Number
704
Medium
oil on canvas
Inscriptions

LR: J.H.SHARP.

Dimensions
24 x 20 in.
Credit Line
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
Accession Number
2013.261P
Subjects
Taos, interior, portrait, studio

The artist; [?]; The Lunder Collection; present owner

This handsome portrait of Jerry Elk Foot (Geronimo Mirabal) was probably painted in 1926. It was possibly the painting exhibited as Jerry in 1926 at the Traxel Art Galleries in Cincinnati in a show titled Indian Paintings and Western Landscapes. It was posed in front of Sharp's adobe hearth in his Taos studio.
 
Jerry relates to a work painted that year, The Redstone Pipe, which pictures John Hunting Son and Jerry seated in a teepee setting holding a different pipe. (see related image, #504)  Also related are a couple of similarly posed portraits, including The Ceremonial Drum that was displayed on the same Cincinnati exhibition as Jerry. (see related image, # 282)