Lady Pretty Blanket

or
Lady Pretty Blanket (Blackfeet Girl)

Artist
Joseph Henry Sharp
Date
1905-1906; [ca. 1898]
Catalogue Number
583
Medium
oil on board
Inscriptions

LR: J.H.SHARP.

Dimensions
14 x 10 in.
Credit Line
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
Accession Number
1993.42.2
Subjects
Blackfeet, girl, portrait

The artist; Archer L. Durand, Hobart, OK, 1940; present owner by gift bequest

It is not known when Mr. Durand bought this portrait, but probably in June 1940 when he acquired a large group of Sharp paintings for $2,175. (sales ledgers, Sharp Papers)
 
Lady Pretty Blanket was a young Blackfeet woman when Sharp painted her. The earliest known version was completed in 1902 and sold to Phoebe Hearst early the next year. (related image, #204). The later portrait seen here had a busy exhibition history. Records of this work being exhibited begin in late 1906 when the portrait was shown in New York at the Fishel, Adler & Schwartz Galleries, then at the Closson Galleries in Cincinnati in 1908, the St. Louis Art Museum in 1908, the Swan Art Gallery in Kansas City in 1909, the University Club in Cincinnati in 1912, the Hotel Gibson Galleries in Cincinnati in 1916 and at the Traxel Art Galleries in Cincinnati as late as 1927. Sharp did not sell the painting, though, until 1940.