Paul Sawyier Photographic Collection,

Descriptive Summary

Title
Paul Sawyier Photographic Collection,
Date
1886
Creator
Sawyier, Paul, 1865-1917
Extent
.25 cu. ft. (1 box): 10 items
Subjects
Sawyier, Paul, 1865-1917
Painters--Kentucky--Correspondence
Sawyier, Paul, 1865-191 --Correspondence
Landscape prints--Specimens
Sawyier, Paul, 1865-1917-Exhibitions
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Staff, Lindy Melvin; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig and Lindy Melvin
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
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."
Scope and Content
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.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Contents of the Collection

Animal

Small parrot on a perching bar; "HG Mattern Capitol Art Gallery, Frankfort, KY" printed on back, , [n.d.]

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Outdoor Scenes

Two people by a pastoral scene with a young man and woman by a wooden fence gate "On the Louisville Pike, Oct. 9, '86" written in ink on front, , 10/9/1886

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Natural rock fence-type structure with two women; "At the old spring-house on Arnold's Hill Oct 2nd, 1886" written on front in ink, , 10/2/1886

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View of Frankfort and the Kentucky River with horse, buggy and bridge; "View from Arsenal Hill of Frankfort KY taken by Paul, Sept. 1886" written on back in ink, , 09/1886

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Road, mountains, and sky outside Frankfort; "Distant view of Frankfort and Benson Valley, taken from the Flat Creek Rd by Paul, Sept. 1886" written in ink on back, , 09/1886

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Victorian lady in the woods sitting on the remains of a stone fence; "On Arnold's Hill, 10/2/86 " written on the front in ink, , 10/2/1886

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Wooden bridge and bank of KY River with boat in Frankfort, KY; "The wooden bridge at Frankfort, taken by Paul, Aug. 1886" written in ink on back, , 08/1886

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Rocky bank of Elkhorn Creek; "View on Elkhorn taken by Paul, 1886" written in ink on back, , 1886.

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Copy photograph of a drawing of a country road; signed "Paul Sawyier" on front; "Devil's Hollow" printed in ink on back, , [n.d.]

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Portrait

Copy photograph of a photographic portrait of Paul Sawyier and Mary Thomas Bull; type and format of original unknown, , [n.d.]

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