Mesa Reptiles

or
[Three Indians with Rifles]; Sentinels

Artist
Joseph Henry Sharp
Date
ca. 1913; [ca. 1940]
Catalogue Number
563
Medium
oil on canvas
Inscriptions

LR: J.H.SHARP.

Dimensions
30 1/16 x 20 1/8 in.
Credit Line
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN
Accession Number
1989.3.90
Subjects
Indian, landscape

The artist; [?]; Harrison Eiteljorg; present owner by gift

Sharp mounted an exhibition of recent work in Cincinnati (probably at his studio or the Gibson House) in the fall of 1913. This painting was included under the racially disparaging title of Mesa Reptiles. The Cincinnati Tribune reviewed the exhibition and noted this work as "representing three or four Indians in the shadows of the rocks on the top of a mesa overlooking a valley that is brilliant with sunlight." This and Apache Ambush painted in the mid-1940s (#373) two of the rare paintings in which Sharp poses Indians as militant adversaries.