circa 1907)" />

2019 Coeur d’Alene Art Auction / Lot 228271 / 328  •  View Catalog  •   • 

228
Joseph Henry Sharp (1859 – 1953)
Crow Tobacco Dance (circa 1907)
oil on board
9.75 × 13.5 inches
signed lower left

VERSO
Signed, titled, and “Sketch for the Tobacco Dance Crow Ceremonial made on the spot 1907 or 8. J. H. Sharp. Large painting 40 x 56 in museum,” written in the artist’s hand

Ethnologist Robert Lowie wrote, “The Tobacco Society loomed large in the tribal life of the Crow, its ceremonial activities probably ranking next to the Sun Dance in importance.” It was “the only attempt at cultivation made by the Crow before their contact with the whites (and) consisted in the annual planting of tobacco for purely ceremonial purposes.”

PROVENANCE
Dr. Carl S. Dentzel, Los Angeles, CA by 1977
Private Collection, St. George, UT

EXHIBITED
Joseph Henry Sharp and The Lure of the West, C. M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT 1977

LITERATURE
Dr. Carl S. Dentzel, Joseph Henry Sharp and The Lure of the West (Great Falls, MT: C. M. Russell Museum, 1977), p 41, illustrated

228

Joseph Henry Sharp

1859 – 1953

Crow Tobacco Dance (circa 1907)
oil on board
9.75 × 13.5 inches
signed lower left
Sold at Auction: $41,650
Condition ReportAs viewed through glass. Paper appears to be in excellent condition.

Important Notice: Statements of condition are provided as a service to potential bidders; such statements are educated opinions and should not be regarded as facts. The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction has no responsibility for any errors or omissions.