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Quinnah

1902 Joseph Henry Sharp Born: Bridgeport, Ohio 1859 Died: Pasadena, California 1953 oil on canvas 18 x 12 1/4 in. (45.7 x 31.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Victor Justice Evans 1985.66.362,131 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Joseph Henry Sharp painted almost two hundred portraits of Native Americans. Like many Europeans and Americans of the time, he placed people in racial categories according to their features. A Portland journalist wrote of Sharp’s portraits, “With the same perception, the artist seems to select the types that from the ethnologist’s standpoint, are nearest perfect.” (Watkins, “Painting the American Indian at the Turn of the Century: Joseph Henry Sharp and His Patrons, William H. Holmes, Phoebe A. Hearst, and Joseph G. Butler, Jr.,” PhD diss., 2000). According to the artist, Quinnah was “a very strong type of young warrior [and] horse raider from [the] Crows . . .” (Sharp to Mr. Ewers, August 8, 1948).

Keywords

Ethnic - Indian - Flathead

Portrait male - Quinnah - bust

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Joseph Henry Sharp

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

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