On the Little Bighorn

Artist
Joseph Henry Sharp
Date
ca. 1946
Catalogue Number
507
Medium
oil on canvas
Inscriptions

LR: J.H.SHARP.

Dimensions
18 3/16 x 25 1/8 in.
Credit Line
Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Accession Number
1993.034.043
Subjects
Indian, canoe, landscape

The artist; [?]; present owner

This painting appears to be a late work given its soft contours, invented subject matter and weak delineation of form. The primary Indian figure in the composition seems to be launching his canoe into a lake, not the Little Big Horn River, so the title does not conform with the subject. The composition and style of this oil conforms with other fanciful late paintings by Sharp like Apache Ambush - Arizona (related image, #373)
 
In 1948, Sharp reworked an old canvas of a similar theme, titled it Night Gigging and sold it to Thomas Gilcrease. (see related image, #386)