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b. 1865 - d. 1917

Artist Paul Sawyier was an American landscape painter, primarily of scenery in Kentucky and around the New York City area in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He also painted portraits, including one of Mark Twain in his twilight years. Paul Sawyier's paintings of landscapes frequently included a focal point or accent elements such as well-worn bridges, lazy country lanes, or families enjoying the scenery. 

Artist Paul Sawyier painted in Impressionist style, with short strokes and delicate, pastel colors. His Kentucky landscapes were chiefly watercolors and most of his New York landscapes, many of Brooklyn or the Catskills, were in oil. Paul Sawyier prints of his work are abundant, particularly as modern giclees. The Kentucky Historical Society retains one of the largest collections of his original works. Collectors can find many other landscape paintings for sale online and at Invaluable.

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          • PAUL SAWYIER WATERCOLOR LANDSCAPE, SIGNED
            Apr. 03, 2024

            PAUL SAWYIER WATERCOLOR LANDSCAPE, SIGNED

            Est: $2,000 - $4,000

            Paul Sawyier (American 1865-1917), 'Untitled (Landscape)', watercolor on paper, signed to lower left, framed. Provenance: From the Estate of Nancy Duke Gould, Atlanta, Georgia. Approximate dimensions: sight h. 12.75", w. 19.75"; frame h. 24.75", w. 30.75, d. 0.75"

            Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
          • Painting, Paul Sawyier
            Jan. 19, 2024

            Painting, Paul Sawyier

            Est: $10,000 - $20,000

            Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917), Garden with Fountain, oil on board, signed lower right, board: 24"h x 20"w, overall (with frame): 29"h x 33"w Provenance: Estate of Philip F. Schaefer/Fleishmann (New York)

            Clars Auctions
          • Painting, Paul Sawyier
            Jan. 19, 2024

            Painting, Paul Sawyier

            Est: $10,000 - $20,000

            Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917), Fountain and Rose Garden, oil on board, signed lower left, board: 24"h x 20"w, overall (with frame): 33.5"h x 29.5"w. Provenance: Estate of Philip F. Schaefer/Fleishmann (New York)

            Clars Auctions
          • Paul Sawyier - A COUNTRY PIKE
            Nov. 18, 2023

            Paul Sawyier - A COUNTRY PIKE

            Est: $5,000 - $7,000

            Watercolor Signed. Provenance: Mr. and Mrs. Windell Reading Thompson and Riley Auctioneers Exhibited: No. 9, Paul Sawyier: An Exhibition of the Artist's Work Held at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, June 1 - June 14, 1964 Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917) Kentucky's most popular artist of the past, Sawyier was born in Ohio and moved at a young age with his family to Frankfort, Kentucky, where his maternal grandmother lived. His father recognized his ability early on and hired an art tutor for his son. Sawyier studied art extensively, including stints at the Cincinnati Art Academy and the Art Student's League in New York City. A stylistic eclectic, he often adapted aspects of Impressionism in his art but also painted in the moody, darker mode of American tonalism.

            The Sporting Art Auction
          • Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917) Springtime by the River sight size 15 3/4 x 25 5/8 in. framed 27 x 37 x 2 3/4 in.
            May. 24, 2023

            Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917) Springtime by the River sight size 15 3/4 x 25 5/8 in. framed 27 x 37 x 2 3/4 in.

            Est: $1,000 - $1,500

            Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917) Springtime by the River signed 'PAUL SAWYIER' (lower right) watercolor and gouache on paper sight size 15 3/4 x 25 5/8 in. framed 27 x 37 x 2 3/4 in.

            Bonhams
          • Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917) Riverscape
            Dec. 06, 2022

            Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917) Riverscape

            Est: $3,000 - $5,000

            Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917) Riverscape Signed 'Paul Sawyier' bottom left, watercolor on paper affixed to board 13 1/4 x 18 1/2 in. (33.7 x 47cm) Qty: (1) Provenance Private Collection, Pennsylvania. In overall very good condition. Work is slightly toned at extreme edges. Frame: 20 1/2 x 26 in.

            Freeman's
          • Robert Swain Gifford (1840 - 1905 ) American
            Nov. 29, 2022

            Robert Swain Gifford (1840 - 1905 ) American

            Est: $2,500 - $4,500

            Robert Swain Gifford (1840 - 1905 ) American Watercolor on Paper Measure 10"in H × 27 1/2"in W and 16"in H × 33 1/2"in W/frame

            Cutler Bay Auctions
          • PAUL SAWYIER (AMERICAN, 1865–1917) A QUIET CORNER OF KENTUCKY
            Jun. 07, 2022

            PAUL SAWYIER (AMERICAN, 1865–1917) A QUIET CORNER OF KENTUCKY

            Est: $3,000 - $5,000

            Paul Sawyier (American, 1865–1917) A Quiet Corner of Kentucky Signed 'Paul Sawyier' bottom left, watercolor on paper Image size: 9 x 13 5/8 in. (22.9 x 34.6cm) Sight size: 8 1/2 x 13 1/4 in. (21.6 x 33.7cm) Provenance Doyle New York, sale of October 15, 2019, lot 76. Private Collection, Virginia. In excellent overall condition. The sheet is mounted along the top edge to the matboard, preventing the full examination of the verso. Frame: 16 1/8 x 20 1/2 x 1 in.

            Freeman's
          • Paul Sawyier
            May. 21, 2022

            Paul Sawyier

            Est: $8,000 - $10,000

            (American/Kentucky, 1865-1917) Creek Scene, signed lower right "Paul Sawyier", watercolor on paper, 9-3/4 x 13 in.; gilt wood frame, 17-1/2 x 20-1/2 in. Provenance: A Private Kentucky Collection

            Brunk Auctions
          • Two Framed Paul Sawyier Prints Titled "MAYME ON THE ELKHORN”and "SCENE ON ELKHORN CREEK”
            Mar. 13, 2022

            Two Framed Paul Sawyier Prints Titled "MAYME ON THE ELKHORN”and "SCENE ON ELKHORN CREEK”

            Est: -

            COA for "Mayme on the Elkhorn" and measures 25 1/2" by 19 1/2". "Scene on Elkhorn Creek" is noted on back as Number 2345 and measures 26 1/2" by 19 1/2". Both prints and frames in good condition.

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Framed Paul Sawyier Print Titled "OLD CAPITOL HOTEL"
            Mar. 13, 2022

            Framed Paul Sawyier Print Titled "OLD CAPITOL HOTEL"

            Est: -

            Numbered 2345. Print and frame in good condition. Measures 26 1/2" by 20 1/2" in frame.

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Framed Paul Sawyier Print Titled "VIEW OF WAPPING STREET"
            Mar. 13, 2022

            Framed Paul Sawyier Print Titled "VIEW OF WAPPING STREET"

            Est: -

            Numbered 2345. Print and frame in good condition. Measures 25 1/2" by 18 1/2" in frame.

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Paul Sawyier
            Dec. 04, 2021

            Paul Sawyier

            Est: $5,000 - $7,000

            (American, 1865-1917) Off The Point, Sheepshead Bay, Long Island, signed lower left "Paul Sawyier 11(?)", titled pencil verso, Philadelphia colouman label verso, oil on board, 9 x 12 in.; fine reproduction gilt wood frame, 15-1/2 x 18-1/4 in.

            Brunk Auctions
          • Paul Sawyier - Houseboats on the Kentucky
            Nov. 21, 2021

            Paul Sawyier - Houseboats on the Kentucky

            Est: $22,000 - $26,000

            Paul Sawyier - American, 1865-1917 Houseboats on the Kentucky Watercolor 13" x 20" Signed

            The Sporting Art Auction
          • Paul Sawyier - Fishing on the Elkhorn
            Nov. 21, 2021

            Paul Sawyier - Fishing on the Elkhorn

            Est: $25,000 - $35,000

            Paul Sawyier - American, 1865-1917 Fishing on the Elkhorn Oil on board 17" x 11" Signed Bearing a signature that Sawyier used while living in Kentucky before moving to New York in 1913, this work most certainly dates to 1909-13. The majority of his oeuvre was done in watercolor. However, by 1909 he had begun experimenting in oils—with the bulk of his oils having been created after 1913 when he lived in New York—making this a rarer Kentucky-period example. The most likely location for this piece would be Elkhorn Creek, given the time period the work was painted and its focus, a favorite subject of Sawyier. A possibly original price of $25.00 is written on the back of the board in pencil. Sawyier’s oils were known to have been advertised by C.F. Brower & Co., the Lexington firm that began representing him in 1908, for anywhere from $20 to $35 dollars during his lifetime.

            The Sporting Art Auction
          • Paul Sawyier - Kentucky River at Canoe Creek
            Nov. 21, 2021

            Paul Sawyier - Kentucky River at Canoe Creek

            Est: $9,000 - $12,000

            Paul Sawyier - American, 1865-1917 Kentucky River at Canoe Creek Watercolor 12" x 18" Signed

            The Sporting Art Auction
          • Paul Sawyier Oil on Canvas
            Jun. 27, 2021

            Paul Sawyier Oil on Canvas

            Est: -

            Paul Sawyier 17" x 14" oil on canvas of falling water cascading the stone steps of a hillside stream. Illustrated in Arthur Jones, The Art of Paul Sawyier, plate #53. Jones labels the work Catskills Stream. Painted by Sawyier while living in the Catskill mountains of New York State though probably a Kentucky scene painted from a photograph. Sawyier was well equipped, at this stage of his career, with photographic images of Kentucky scenes which he often used to paint various compositions for the home folks. A few Kentucky scenes painted in oil by Sawyier while living in the Catskills include: Across the Hills, Anderson County, Ky.; Lock Branch Valley near Lock 5 on the Ky. River; Cave Spring Farm, Lexington, Ky.; Kings Mill on the Dix River; Fish Trap Dam on the Dix River; and Church at Troy, Ky. among several other Kentucky compositions painted while living in the Catskill's. All previously mentioned exhibited at the Kentucky Governor's Mansion July 27th running to December 21st in 2015 showcasing only oil paintings by Sawyier. The certainty of all these scenes having been painted in New York is confirmed that all have Sawyier's later signature which he did not scribe until the spring of 1914 when in Brooklyn, after leaving Kentucky late in 1913. There is no confusing Sawyier's Ky. signature with his later N.Y. signature which has many degrees of separation from the other. Our scene is certainly a familiar geological stepped stream, often encountered, descending into the Kentucky River. In this example Sawyier paints his most accomplished element. Few artists equal his ability to capture water or snow. Here he paints in the foreground, a rushing run descending a hill side's stone steps after a heavy or extended rain. Few gifted artists would attempt a similar composition yet Sawyier mastered the task. In excellent condition with two small areas of inpaint which comprise less than a half square inch of fill. An image before cleaning reveals these two small spots. Framed to 26 3/4“ x 24“ in what almost certainly is the original frame. Circa 1916, Catskill Mountains of New York location of execution.

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Large Quantity of Paul Sawyier Prints titled "A Rainy Day"
            Jun. 27, 2021

            Large Quantity of Paul Sawyier Prints titled "A Rainy Day"

            Est: -

            36 unframed loose prints in original plastic and all numbered by Paul Sawyier Gallery at Frankfort, KY. Each print measures 21" by 17 1/2" and all in excellent unused condition and housed in a large envelope. This print sold out soon after release. A good opportunity for perpetual presents or a frame house gallery.

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Framed Paul Sawyier Print titled "Springtime"
            May. 17, 2021

            Framed Paul Sawyier Print titled "Springtime"

            Est: -

            Nicely framed and matted and under glass, the print measures 26 3/4" by 20" in frame

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Group of Paul Sawyier Prints
            Mar. 28, 2021

            Group of Paul Sawyier Prints

            Est: -

            Two are framed and two are unframed. The framed prints are titled "From the Quarry" and numbered 1392/3200. In a gilt frame that measures 25 1/2" by 19". The second framed print is titled "Covered Bridge in Winter". It is numbered 1174/2500. It measures 20" by 13 1/2" in the oak frame. Unframed prints are titled "Main Street, 1900" and is numbered 1531/3850 and measures 17" by 14". The second unframed print is titled "Elkhorn Creek Dam", numbered 125/2500 and measures 14" by 11". All in good condition

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Two Framed and Matted Paul Sawyier Prints
            Mar. 28, 2021

            Two Framed and Matted Paul Sawyier Prints

            Est: -

            Titled "Lovers Rain" and "The Blacksmiths Shop" (numbered 1928/4000). Both under glass and in very good condition. Lovers Rain measures 18" by 9" in frame and The Blacksmiths Shop measures 29" by 21 1/2 in frame

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Collection of Engravings: Cincinnati and Surround
            Oct. 22, 2020

            Collection of Engravings: Cincinnati and Surround

            Est: $50 - $75

            A group of 6 framed engravings of Cincinnati, most from Harper's, and one Paul Sawyier Kentucky offset lithograph print; largest 19" x 25".

            Caza Sikes
          • Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917)
            Oct. 02, 2020

            Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917)

            Est: $3,000 - $5,000

            Big Eddy watercolor signed Paul Sawyier lower right sight: 5 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches.

            Cowan's Auctions
          • Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917)
            Jun. 11, 2020

            Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917)

            Est: $4,000 - $6,000

            Pond Scene watercolor on paper sight: 8 x 12 inches. The work, unsigned, was authenticated by William H. Coffey from the Paul Sawyier Gallery. 

            Cowan's Auctions
          • Framed Paul Sawyier Print Titled "Old Elk's Club"
            Jun. 08, 2020

            Framed Paul Sawyier Print Titled "Old Elk's Club"

            Est: -

            In very good condition, the frame measures 23" by 17"

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Framed Paul Sawyier Print Titled "The Covered Pond"
            Jun. 08, 2020

            Framed Paul Sawyier Print Titled "The Covered Pond"

            Est: -

            In very good condition and measures 25 1/2" by 18"

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Large Framed Paul Sawyier Print titled "River Cliffs"
            Jun. 08, 2020

            Large Framed Paul Sawyier Print titled "River Cliffs"

            Est: -

            In very good condition and measures 35 1/2" by 26 1/2" in frame

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Framed Paul Sawyier Print Titled "The Old Homestead"
            Jun. 08, 2020

            Framed Paul Sawyier Print Titled "The Old Homestead"

            Est: -

            Signed by artist and numbered 226/2000. In good condition and measures 25 1/2" by 19 1/2"

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Large Framed Paul Sawyier Print titled "Lover's Leap"
            Jun. 08, 2020

            Large Framed Paul Sawyier Print titled "Lover's Leap"

            Est: -

            In very good condition and measures 35 1/2" by 26 1/2" in frame

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Group of Three Framed Paul Sawyier Prints
            Jun. 08, 2020

            Group of Three Framed Paul Sawyier Prints

            Est: -

            Large print titled "Pinnacle Point" and measures 25 1/2" by 18 1/2". The smaller prints are titled "Bald Knob Road" and "Old River Road" and these measure 11 1/2" by 8". All three in good condition

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Paul Sawyier (1865-1917)(Attrib.) Watercolor(Ky,ny)
            May. 17, 2020

            Paul Sawyier (1865-1917)(Attrib.) Watercolor(Ky,ny)

            Est: $2,000 - $3,000

            Watercolor on paper, "Elkorn Creek" Dated 1891, Frankfort Ky. Has more inscription to verso. Signed lower right. 4 1/4 x 13 1/4 sight.

            Main Auction Galleries
          • Large Framed Paul Sawyier Print titled "Lovers Leap"
            Feb. 23, 2020

            Large Framed Paul Sawyier Print titled "Lovers Leap"

            Est: -

            Numbered 278/1250. Both frame and print in good condition. Measures 36" by 28"

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Group of Five Framed Prints Under Glass
            Jan. 20, 2020

            Group of Five Framed Prints Under Glass

            Est: -

            Includes three by Donny Finley and a Paul Sawyier and one by Balke. Largest measures 33" by 30" and all ready to hang and enjoy

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Paul Sawyier (Amer. 1865-1917), watercolor "Elkhorn Creek Kentucky", watercolor on paper, signed Paul Sawyier, 12" x 18-1/4" sight, ...
            Nov. 19, 2019

            Paul Sawyier (Amer. 1865-1917), watercolor "Elkhorn Creek Kentucky", watercolor on paper, signed Paul Sawyier, 12" x 18-1/4" sight, ...

            Est: $6,000 - $12,000

            Paul Sawyier (Amer. 1865-1917), watercolor "Elkhorn Creek Kentucky", watercolor on paper, signed Paul Sawyier, 12" x 18-1/4" sight, framed 21-1/2" x 27-3/4", good condition with toning

            William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals
          • Paul Sawyier - Country Church
            Nov. 17, 2019

            Paul Sawyier - Country Church

            Est: $10,000 - $12,000

            Paul Sawyier (American, 1865–1917) COUNTRY CHURCH $10,000. – $12,000. Watercolor, 11 1⁄4” x 17 1⁄2” Signed $10,000. – 12,000. The Peaks Mill Christian Church in Frankfort, depicted here, was built in 1891 and stands near the forks of the Elkhorn Creek, an area Sawyier painted frequently. Before being sold to a private collection, this work descended in the family of Laura Wingate, first cousin to Sawyier’s mother, Ellen Wingate.

            The Sporting Art Auction
          • Paul Sawyier - Franklin County Kentucky Mill Scene
            Nov. 17, 2019

            Paul Sawyier - Franklin County Kentucky Mill Scene

            Est: $20,000 - $24,000

            Paul Sawyier (American, 1865–1917) FRANKLIN COUNTY, KENTUCKY MILL SCENE $20,000. – $24,000. Gouache, 8 1⁄4” x 12 1⁄2” Signed $20,000. – 24,000. This work would have been executed in the Frankfort area prior to 1908 when Sawyier moved to a houseboat on the Kentucky River. While current research cannot pinpoint the exact location, he painted several other mill scenes with figures and similar architectural details that might lead to a future confirmation. Stedman’s Mill and Peak’s Mill, both on Elkhorn Creek, and Benson Creek are possible locations. Best known for his watercolors, Sawyier used gouache for this work. Although he did not often use the medium, his gouache work tended to be among his superior paintings, including Old Capitol Hotel Portico, the cover piece of Arthur Jones’ seminal book on Sawyier.

            The Sporting Art Auction
          • Paul Sawyier American, 1865-1917 A Quiet Corner of Kentucky
            Oct. 15, 2019

            Paul Sawyier American, 1865-1917 A Quiet Corner of Kentucky

            Est: $4,000 - $6,000

            Paul Sawyier American, 1865-1917 A Quiet Corner of Kentucky Signed Paul Sawyier (ll) Watercolor on heavy paper 9 x 13 3/4 inches (22.8 x 35 cm) C 

            Doyle New York
          • Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917)
            Jun. 08, 2019

            Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917)

            Est: $7,000 - $9,000

            Kentucky Landscape with Path, Likely Frankfort watercolor signed l.l. framed under glass 9.25 x 18.5 in. (sight) 12.25 x 21.75 in. (frame)

            Cowan's Auctions
          • Paul Sawyier (1865-1917 Kentucky,
            May. 22, 2019

            Paul Sawyier (1865-1917 Kentucky,

            Est: $8,000 - $12,000

            New York, Ohio) watercolor of the Kentucky River with path leading from waterway, on of Sawyier's larger works, authenticated by William H. Coffey, 15 1/2" x 25 1/2" image size, 26"x35" frame size

            Strawser Auctions
          • Painting, Paul Sawyier
            May. 19, 2019

            Painting, Paul Sawyier

            Est: $15,000 - $20,000

            Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917), "Promenade Prospect Park, Brooklyn," oil on board, signed lower left, titled verso, board: 9"h x 12"w, overall (with frame): 17"h x 20"w

            Clars Auctions
          • Framed and Matted Paul Sawyier Print titled "The Street Peddler"
            Jan. 21, 2019

            Framed and Matted Paul Sawyier Print titled "The Street Peddler"

            Est: -

            22" by 18"

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Watercolor, Paul Sawyier
            Nov. 18, 2018

            Watercolor, Paul Sawyier

            Est: $20,000 - $40,000

            Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917), Kentucky River Scene, watercolor, signed lower right and center left, sight: 13.5"h x 20.25"w, overall (with frame): 23"h x 29"w. Note: This work has been authenticated by renowned Sawyier expert, Bill Coffey.

            Clars Auctions
          • Watercolor, Follower of Paul Sawyier
            Jul. 14, 2018

            Watercolor, Follower of Paul Sawyier

            Est: $400 - $600

            Follower of Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917), Untitled (Boat on a River), watercolor, bears signature lower right, sight: 10.5"h x 14.5"w, overall (with frame): 12.5"h x 16.5"w

            Clars Auctions
          • Paul Sawyier Framed Print "Houseboat on the Kentucky River".
            Jun. 03, 2018

            Paul Sawyier Framed Print "Houseboat on the Kentucky River".

            Est: -

            22" by 20". In good condition

            Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
          • Watercolor, Paul Sawyier
            May. 20, 2018

            Watercolor, Paul Sawyier

            Est: $10,000 - $15,000

            Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917), "Evening on the Elkhorn," watercolor, signed lower left, sight: 15"h x 25"w, overall (with frame): 22.25"h x 32"w

            Clars Auctions
          • Painting, Paul Sawyier
            May. 20, 2018

            Painting, Paul Sawyier

            Est: $30,000 - $50,000

            Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917), Fountain and Formal Rose Garden, oil on board, signed lower right, board: 20"h x 24"w, overall (with frame): 29.5"h x 33.5"w. Provenance: Private collection, New York; Estate of Philip F. Schaefer/Fleishmann's (New York) by descent.

            Clars Auctions
          • Paul Sawyier "River Pathway" Print
            May. 20, 2018

            Paul Sawyier "River Pathway" Print

            Est: -

            This piece is in good condition. It is matted and framed under glass. Artist: Paul Sawyier Title: "River Pathway"Medium: Print Signature Type: Printed Signature Signature Location: Lower Right Approx. Measurement: 21"x 27" x 1" Site Measurements: 13" x 20"Approx. Ship Weight: 7lbs. Keywords: Art; Ref: SH60032

            J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC
          • Paul Sawyier "Autumn Twilight" Print
            May. 20, 2018

            Paul Sawyier "Autumn Twilight" Print

            Est: -

            This piece is in good condition. It is matted and framed under glass. Artist: Paul Sawyier Title: "Autumn Twilight"Medium: Print Year or Era: 20th Century Signature Type: Printed Signature Signature Location: Lower Left Approx. Measurement: 25" x 29" x 1"Site Measurements: 15" x 19" Approx. Ship Weight: 9lbs. Keywords: Art; Ref: SH60032

            J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC
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