JOSEPH HENRY SHARP (American 1859 - 1953)
    Winter at Crow Reservation, Montana, 1905
    Oil on canvas
    16-1/4 x 24-1/4in.
    Signed and dated lower right

    From the collection of Paul J. McCormick
    Thence by descent to the present owners

    In 1902, Joseph Henry Sharp resigned his teaching position at the Cincinnati Art Academy in order to devote his time to painting the Native Americans of the Western United States. Known as Grand Old Man of Montana, Paul J. McCormick, an entrepreneur, purchased this particular painting directly from they artist. This rendering of the Crow Reservation has a freshness and spontaneity of brushwork that suggests it was done from life.

    McCormick's ties to the Crow Reservation and its inhabitants are numerous. In 1886, McCormick entered into the cattle business and bought out the Nelson Story herd's "Ox Yoke" brand, which had grazing rights established on the Crow Indian Reservation east of the South Hills area near Billings. He ran 20,000 head of cattle and 100,000 head of sheep on the reservation. McCormick then had the distinction of negotiating an agreement between the Crow Indian Agency and the Union Pacific Railroad. Later he and the military commandant ventured into Crow land and established trade routes with the Indians, ultimately, successfully contracting with the Crow Indians for grazing rights, presumably an extension of the Ox Yoke brand. He and his family held these rights until 1926.

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