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Joseph Henry Sharp
(1859-1953)


Illustrator and painter, Joseph Henry Sharp was born in Bridgeport, Ohio on September 27, 1859. Sharp was raised in Ironton and Cincinnati. He began art studies at the Cincinnati Art Academy at age 14. In 1882 he was a pupil of Charles Verlat in Antwerp; the following year he made his first trip into the West to sketch the Indian tribes of New Mexico, California, and the Columbia River. In 1886 he again was in Europe accompanied by Frank Duveneck. While in Munich, he was a pupil of Karl Marr and had further study with Laurens and Constant in Paris. Sharp taught at the Cincinnati Art Academy from 1892 until 1902 and then resigned to devote full time to painting. Summers were spent in Montana at Crow Agency in a cabin and studio at the foot of the Custer Battlefield. As well as a home in Pasadena, he also had a studio in Taos, New Mexico which was opposite Kit Carsonís old home. Sharp died in Pasadena, California on August 29, 1953.

Eleven of his paintings of famous Indians were purchased by the US Government in 1900 and now hang in the Smithsonian Institute. A collection of 80 Indian portraits and pictures were purchased by Phoebe Hearst in 1902 for University of California, Berkeley.

Member: California Art Club; Cincinnati Art Club; Printmakers Club of Los Angeles; Salmagundi Club; American Federation of Artists; Society of Western Artists; Taos Society of Artists.

Awards: silver medal, Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, 1901; first portrait prize, Cincinnati Art Club, 1901; gold medal, Panama-California Exposition, San Diego, 1915; first prize, California Artists, Pasadena Art Institute, 1930; and others.

Works held: Butler Museum, Youngstown, Ohio; Southwest Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe; Cincinnati Art Museum; Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis; Houston Art Museum.

Source:
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.