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Bull Thigh / Joseph Henry Sharp

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Title(s): 
Bull Thigh
Creator(s): 
Joseph Henry Sharp
Culture: 
American
Date: 
1897 - 1898
Materials/Techniques: 
oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall (Canvas): 14 1/8 × 10 1/8 in. (35.9 × 25.7 cm) Framed: 16 11/16 × 12 3/4 × 1 3/8 in. (42.4 × 32.4 × 3.5 cm)
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Thomas Gilcrease Foundation, 1955
Accession No: 
0136.506
Department: 
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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