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Joseph Henry Sharp

 (1859 - 1953)
Joseph Henry Sharp was active/lived in New Mexico, California, Ohio.  Joseph Sharp is known for Indian figure, landscape and still-life painting.

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Artist Bulletins for Joseph Henry Sharp

17 archived bulletin(s) below.    (Note:  Bulletins are no longer updatable as of 2015.)

J. H. Sharp Floral Lithograph
Josie Wood (10/21/2011)
We have an old lithograph of a painting by J.H. sharp that has an issue # in the lower left hand side. The lithograph is of a floral painting with flowers in a large green vase sitting on a floral table cloth. There is a small yellow ceramic duck on the right side beneath the flowers. If you have any information about this work of art or know the title of the picture, would you please share it with us? Does anyone know the possible value of this work? THANKS SO MUCH!

Sharp Table
Graydon Sikes (01/13/2010)
It's certainly possible that your table was painted by Sharp. Many people only take into consideration his Indian subject matter, because that's what brings the big bucks! But Sharp was a jack of all trades. He was particularly active in Cincinnati, prior to his trips to the Northwest and his settlement in Taos. We see dozens of portraits of well known Cincinnati figures (Sharp had a connection to the Taft family), that you would never guess were by Sharp. He painted tons of still lifes, and he also did other side projects. After all, he wasn't established before he started painting Indian subjects, and it was a means of income. I'd also recommend looking into the table- could provide you with some clues! German furniture makers, artisans and artists were all very tight knit in turn-of-the-century Cincinnati. I can't tell you also how many paintings of nudes, either by Sharp, Farny or Duveneck, that have turned up in Cincinnati that were painted to settle a bar tab or two!

J.H. Sharp Floral painting
Linda (01/13/2010)
I have a antique table with a floral painting on it and it is signed J H Sharp, Could anyone tell me anything about this table or if he even painted on furniture.Just don't know anything about it. Thanks so much.

JH Sharp portrait painting
patricia watkins (07/05/2009)
Looking to find a portrait painted of my grt-grt grandmother Martha Amos. She lived in Ironton, OHio, but visited her sister in Cincinnati. I have reason to believe that Sharp painted her portrait sometime in the late 1800s as my ancestor was dead by 1884 and Sharp was headed to Europe or points west by the late 1800s. Any ideas on where these older paintings might be found greatly appreciated. patricia

Joseph Henry sharp
Greg (05/21/2009)
Sharing the Sharp experience: In 1990, I acquired a 37" x39" Sharpe oil painting(undated)of the Oahu Kokocrater volcanic rock coastline, waves crashing upon nearby multi-colored rock formations, churning ocean depths with the island of Molokai'i faintly obscurred by rain on the horizon. It is a very powerful painting. I purchased it from it's first buyer and with this painting came Sharp's handwritten letter in its postmarked envelope from Taos, that accompanied the original delivery of the painting to its buyer in 1946. In this letter, Sharp speaks of his pleasure with the painting and his delight that the buyer has, since visiting his Taos studio, selected it for purchase. It is a very moving glimpse of Sharp parting with a piece of art he very much enjoyed. I understand from my research that Sharpe visited Hawaii (Oahu) for nine consecutive Taos winters prior to WWII and focused on the southeast Oahu coastline for his marine paintings. It is also the dryer section of the island and may have offered plein air painters a kinder weather experience. The area presents unique topography and geology, located after Haunama Bay and before "blow hole", along a trecherous and noisey edge of ocean. I have personally hiked the subject area of this painting. This experience leaves much to the imagination as to how Sharp, well into his 70's, managed to get himself with painting equipment to the vantage point of the painting. But it can be done ! One would be driven by passion to produce this amazing painting. Knowing the site of the painting adds so much more to the energy and vibrance Sharpe captured on canvass. And, he was deaf! I did see a similar painting published in a book of Sharp's Taos paintings. I don't own the book, but I recall it was rather large and appeared to hold a major color collection of Sharp's Indian life paintings, primarily in New Mexico. Good Viewing !

Joseph Henry Sharp
Ron (12/07/2008)
Joseph Henry Sharp oil painting of flowers My mother-in-law has a very old oil painting signed by Joseph Henry sharp. the painting is of a flowers on a table with a toy duck on the bottom of the right side of the flowers. Can anyone provide and info on this painting. Thanks!

Looking for print of a Joseph Sharp painting
Stefan Pasti (09/01/2008)
About 20 years ago, I was exploring in a oversize book on art related to Native American life in the 19th Century. There was one particular painting which I made a black and white copy of, but I did not write down the name of the artist or the title of the painting. Recently, I did some exploring of different artists who painted 19th Century Native American life, and on a website, I recognized a familiar theme and style (one person or more in a tepee, brought to life by a unique interpretation of firelight). I now believe that the black and white copy of a painting (mentioned above) is a copy of a painting made by Joseph Henry Sharp. So I continued my search, looking now (by way of the Internet) in the works of Joseph Henry Sharp; unfortunately, I have not yet found such a painting by Internet search. I would like to find confirmation of the painters' identity, and, if possible, find a print version of the painting. Here is a description of the painting: There is a woman seated in a tepee, who seems to be in a contemplative frame of mind. And yet she also seems attentive, in a wistful and dreamlike way, to the music coming from the man playing a flute, just outside the tepee entrance. The light from the fire in the tepee draws attention to the woman. Also noticeable in the painting are a quiver of arrows and some kind of headdress, hanging from the wall of the tepee-- and a basket with three cobs of dried corn in it, on the floor near the woman. I would very much appreciate any information about the title of the painting-- any information confirming that it is in fact a Joseph Henry Sharp painting. With Many Thanks and Best Wishes, Stefan Pasti

A Picture that I have!
I have this picture that looks old of a lady named Magdalen. It says painted by Murillo, but in the corner of her picture it says JH SHARP. It also says entered into the library of congress at washington. It is in a real old looking picture frame thats white with gold plaster and the back is old wood you have to pry off to look at it. It also has a stamp you can only see with a light. If anyone has heard of this before please email us Thank You, Laura Pennington.

J. H. Sharp biography
Forrest Fenn (11/16/2007)
I have recently revised my biography of Joseph Henry Sharp and added 35 pages and changed 206 color plates and photos. The new book is called "Teepee Smoke,". If you have any information on Sharp such as letters, photographs, etc., I would be interested in speaking with you.

J H Sharp information
Debby Sodders (07/17/2007)
My grandmother was Elsie Sharp Booker. Her father was Albert Sharp and his parents were Perry and Maachi Sharp. Maachi was Native American. We are trying to connect Joseph Sharp to our family as we have no information of Maachi's Indian nation. Our family is from Ohio, Joseph Sharp's home state. If anyone has biographical information concerning Joseph Sharp, we would definitely appreciate it.

Joseph Henry Sharp oil painting of flowers
Andrew Moore (06/11/2006)
We have found a very old oil painting signed by joseph henry sharp. the painting is of a flowers on a table with a toy duck on the bottom of the right side of the flowers. if u know anything about the pic. plz tell me..

Sharp Landscapes
Timothy Gordon (03/04/2005)
Most of the collection are landscape floral or tipi scenes, but there is an interesting group of watercolors, unsigned, which I believe are by the artist and which are story plates from an adventure book about pirates! If any of you wish to correspond with me about Sharp, I would appreciate welcome it.

Academie Julian Studies
Janet G. Smith (04/06/2004)
J. H. Sharp is listed as a painter and illustrator studying with J. P. Laurens and Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant at the Academie Julian from 1895-1896.

Joseph Henry Sharp Book
Richard Upton (01/09/2004)
J.H. Sharp Among The Crow Indians - 1902-1910 by Carolyn Riebeth is now available. Written by the daughter of the superintendent of the Crow Reservation in Montana 1902-1910 and a close friend of Sharp. E-Mail address

Joseph Henry Sharp
Thomas Minckler Gallery (04/25/2001)
We are working on a series of books about Joseph Henry Sharp. Please contact me if you know of any correspondence, floral paintings or Montana tipi scenes. Thanks, Sarah at

Joseph H. Sharp Painting
Joseph Smejkal (03/25/2001)
I have a Joseph Sharp original painting that I would like to sell at auction. The painting is a seascape, 20" x 24". I would like to know of any upcoming auctions at auction houses that have sold Joseph Sharp paintings in the past. Thanks, Joe. My email address is

Joseph Sharp Painting
Woody R. (03/23/2001)
I am searching for the original painting of a print that I have of JH Sharp I need date and name if you think you might be able to help contact me at, and I will send you a pic.

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