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Little Wolf

1900 Joseph Henry Sharp Born: Bridgeport, Ohio 1859 Died: Pasadena, California 1953 oil on canvas 18 x 12 in. (45.7 x 30.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1985.66.209,411 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 12B


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The Cheyenne chief Little Wolf fought in the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn against Colonel George Custer. Joseph Henry Sharp painted several portraits of Little Wolf and said that "[he] was a great tactician, noble character, lovable man and devoted friend" (Sharp to Mr. Ewers, August 8, 1948). Sharp wanted to capture the likeness of his Native American subjects, and in this portrait he used the effects of light to accentuate Little Wolf's chiseled features.

Keywords

Ethnic - Indian - Cheyenne

Portrait male - Little Wolf

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Joseph Henry Sharp

Born: Bridgeport, Ohio 1859 Died: Pasadena, California 1953

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