In 1870, Paul Sawyier started the first grade in the new Second Street School, in Frankfort, Kentucky. At the west end of the school yard near old Taylor Road could be seen a blacksmith shop and the curving dirt road that climbed the hill toward Louisville, Kentucky.
Of the watercolors that Sawyier painted of this scene, ROAD UP LOUISVILLE HILL is distinctive because it is the largest of these scenes, of the highest quality, and painted for a close friend of the Sawyier family, Valentine Berberich, a local tailor.
Mr. Berberich's daughter married Walter C. Weitzel who operated a jewelry store on St. Clair Street. Mrs. Weitzel loaned six paintings to the J.B.Speed Museum in Louisville for the 1940 Commemorative Exhibition of paintings by Paul Sawyier. This painting was No. 95.
One of the Weitzel's daughters, Margaretta Louise Weitzel, inherited this painting. On her death at 98, it was left to the current owner.
9 1/2" x 24"
THIS ORIGINAL SOLD AUGUST, 2012