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Paul Sawyier Photographic Collection
University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections
Lexington, Kentucky 40506
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
[Identification of item], Paul Sawyier Photographic Collection, 1886, PA59M41,Special Collections, University of Kentucky.
.25 cu. ft. (1 box): 10 items
Paul Sawyier was born in Madison County, Ohio, March 23, 1865, to a family of amateur artists. In 1870, the family moved to Frankfort, Kentucky. Sawyier attended the Cincinnati Art Academy in 1884-85 and then returned to Frankfort in 1886. There he began painting river scenes and landscapes. Sawyier continued his art studies in New York and Cincinnati, then returned again to Frankfort where he concentrated on landscape painting in a variety of media, including his favorite, watercolor. In 1913, he returned to New York and was commissioned to paint for New York art dealer Edward Jackson. Paul Sawyier died and was buried in Fleischmann, New York, in 1917 but his remains were moved to Frankfort Cemetery in 1923. Sawyier's artwork is best known in Kentucky. Popular prints include "Wapping Street Fountain," "The Old Capitol," "Winter in Kentucky," and "Old Covered Bridge."
This collection includes nine photographic images taken by Paul Sawyier. The photographs are of different scenes of Frankfort, KY presumably to use as subjects for Sawyier's paintings. Also included is an unusual carte-de-visite of a parrot by H. G. Mattern, photographer in Frankfort, Kentucky. There are seven albumen prints, two copy prints, and one carte-de-visite in this collection.
Jillson, Willard Rouse. Frankfort, KY: State Journal Company, 1939.
Jillson, Willard Rouse. Lexington, KY: Keystone Printer, 1961.
Jillson, Willard Rouse. Louisville, KY: J.B. Speed Memorial Museum, 1965.
Frankfort, KY: Kentucky Historical Society, 1968.
Jones, Arthur F. & Jacqueline Bull. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky, 1976.
Jones, Arthur Frederick. . Pleasant Hill, KY: Shakertown at Pleasant Hill, KY, Inc, 1973.
, 1VF52M48, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.