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Bull Thigh / Joseph Henry Sharp

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Bull Thigh
Joseph Henry Sharp
1897 - 1898
oil on canvas
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Gift of the Thomas Gilcrease Foundation, 1955
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Previous Number(s): 
634; 30321
Signed, "J.H.Sharp." in lower left; Inscribed in pencil on a paper glued to cardboard backing, "1897-8/Bull Thigh-Cheyenne. Time and weather made his skin leathery, but was mild and lovable character. White man beat him up one day, was arrested & taken to Helena for trial- Bull Thigh had to go as witness-first time on a train, first in hotel & etc.- Looking for him in a.m., his bed untouched, but found him under it- rolled up in his blanket asleep. He ate at every chance & plenty of it. When the trial came up he refused to testify- he had such a good time and eats he tho't it was to even up things. Judge discharged man, who shook hands with Bull Thigh, and every one satisfied. A profile painted same time in Paris Exposition of 1900, and reproduced in photo gravure &" (is there another piece of paper somewhere?)" on verso.
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