Paul Sawyier (American, 1865–1917)
ST. CLAIR PEDDLER
Watercolor, 20 ” x 10”
Paul Sawyier Exhibition, Northern Kentucky University, September 22–December 7, 2012
Named for Revolutionary War general and Continental Congress President Arthur St. Clair, St. Clair Street is one of the major commercial corridors of Frankfort, Kentucky. On the north end, the street runs into Gideon Shryock’s Greek Revival Old State Capitol building, while the south end turns into Frankfort’s famed Singing Bridge over the Kentucky River. Sawyier painted this area many times, but most of the scenes were on the south end, showing the old covered bridge in place during the 19th century along with various citizens and flower sellers milling about. Sawyier painted St. Clair facing north several times, the Old State Capitol placed toward the center of the painting with the main buildings on the street framing the capitol. Sawyier painted this scene one other time, that version being an oil.