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J.H. Sharp

The Couse property has the unique distinction of including not only the E.I. Couse studio with original furnishings, but also two unfurnished studios of J.H. Sharp, another founding member of the Taos Society of Artists.

Sharp, who was born in Bridgeport, Ohio, in 1859, studied in Europe in the late 1800s in Germany, Belgium, and France. He first visited Taos in 1893 and returned numerous summers to paint for short periods of time. In a letter written in 1906 to J.H. Gest, director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, he referred to Taos as his "first love and stomping ground," although he was occupied at the time painting portraits of the surviving Plains warriors at Crow Agency in Montana, and recording the life style of the Indians of that area.

Luna Chapel and Early Sharp Studio Early Sharp Studio


In 1908 Sharp established a permanent home in Taos, buying a house on Kit Carson Road, and the next year buying land to the east, including an old Spanish chapel that he converted into a studio. Sharp's chapel studio was originally built as a family chapel by Juan de Luna around 1835. It later passed to the Diocese in Santa Fe, from whom Sharp bought it. He called it "The Studio of the Copper Bell" and used it for six years, before building a larger sutdio on adjacent land.

Luna Chapel (Sharp's Early Studio) & Sharp's Front Porch Luna Chapel


Sharp's second studio, completed in 1915, began as a small house which he enlarged into a two story structure, with an enormous studio window to the north and a loft at the south end, from which he hung some of his extensive collection of Indian costumes and artifacts.

Sharp and Couse, and their families, were very close, so that Sharp, who had no children, ultimately sold his property to the Couses. A part of The Couse Foundation complex, the Sharp buildings are currently in use as studios by two local artists.






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