Studio portrait of Chief Mahpina Luta or Red Cloud (1822-1909), wearing shirt and vest, two Ulysses S. Grant peace medals around his neck, feather in hair, holding a pipe in one hand and a piece of paper(?) in the other hand
Date created: Circa 1875
* from the National Museum of the American Indian collection.
It's an amazing painting indeed - I don't remember reading that Red Cloud posed for Sharp, but the portrait is at least based on photographs. The characteristic asymmetric upper lip it's quite accurate
"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."
to Henry Sharp from the book "TEEPEE SMOKE":“In the summer of1899, Henry and his wife Addie Sharp were at Crow Agency, Montana. Sharp’s arrival at Crow Agency could not have been better timed. A great number of Indians, including many Crow, Sioux, Blackfeet, and Cheyenne, had gathered for a big Crow Council. While at Crow Agency, he painted from life at least 212 Indians who had fought against Custer. In many instances he did four or five portraits of individual Indians and in several cases, a dozen or more. He also photographed another 400, and these photos plus his paintings constituted a legacy unequaled by any other artist. He painted portraits and had taken photographs of Red Cloud, Pushing Bull, Oglala Fire, Rain In The Face, Flat Iron, Laban Little Wolf, Spotted Elk and many more. He also painted Chief Gall. Sharp lamented that he didn’t get to meet Gall, “…he died six years before I got there.” This portrait was painted from a Smithsonian photograph.
A variant on the image in Goodyear's book, p105 - by Morledge, Spring 1891
Another, more subtle, variant
I think this is by Thomas Bean, 1908, rather than by Weygold in 1909
I'm sure I've seen these posted on the board before, but I can't find them, so here they are: two variants on the photos by Jesse H. Bratley in 1898. Goodyear could have made much of the low angle used to project Red Cloud's still powerful traditional figure in his buckskin shirt, braids and pipe, with the trousers, of course, a sign that he is man standing in two worlds!
Last Edit: Jul 29, 2009 13:23:43 GMT -5 by grahamew