Sawyier, Paul, 1865-1917

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1865-03-23
Death 1917-11-05
Americans

Biographical notes:

The painter 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. His artwork, however, is best known in Kentucky. Popular prints include "Wapping Street Fountain," "The Old Capitol," "Winter in Kentucky," and "Old Covered Bridge." Paul Sawyier died and was buried in Fleischmann, New York, in 1917 but his remains were moved to Frankfort Cemetery in 1923.

From the description of Paul Sawyier receipt, 1907 Oct. 21. (Kentucky Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 39086329

Painter.

Sawyier, an impressionist from Frankfort, Ky., studied briefly under both William Merrit Chase in New York, and Frank Duveneck in Cincinnati, OH. Sawyier lived mostly in Kentucky, painting watercolors and oils of scenes in the central part of the state, particularly in Frankfort. He spent the last few years of his life in the Catskill Mountains in New York, where he did some of his best work.

From the description of Paul Sawyier letters, 1910-1916. (University of Kentucky Libraries). WorldCat record id: 14393119

The painter 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. His artwork, however, is best known in Kentucky. Popular prints include "Wapping Street Fountain," "The Old Capitol," "Winter in Kentucky," and "Old Covered Bridge." Paul Sawyier died and was buried in Fleischmann, New York, in 1917 but his remains were moved to Frankfort Cemetery in 1923.

Bank president, hotelkeeper, artist, civil engineer, and big-game hunter John J. King was born in the late 19th century in Pennsylvania to John and Mary Welch King. His family moved to Louisville, Kentucky, a few years after his birth. His older brother, Thomas, drew him to Frankfort, Kentucky, where they were general contractors. King was president of the State National Bank in Frankfort, owned the Frankfort Hotel for over 40 years, was an instructor at the Cardome Academy in Georgetown, and was a patron of the arts. King became Paul Sawyier's benefactor and eventually owned about 60 of Sawyier's 100 watercolors. King died on June 6, 1961.

From the description of Paul Sawyier letters, 1911-1917. (Kentucky Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 46928143

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Subjects:

  • Painters--Correspondence
  • Impressionism

Occupations:

  • Painter

Places:

  • High Bridge (Ky.) (as recorded)
  • Catskill Mountains (N.Y.) (as recorded)
  • Kentucky (as recorded)