Image size 15" x 11" overall size 18" x 14 ½". For almost seventy years, from 1863 to 1931, Knight's Covered Bridge Spanned the Elkhorn Creek.
The bridge was located on the Peaks Mill Road, (Highway 1900), about four miles east of Owenton Road (Highway 127 North). Several bridges were also built on this location.Johnson's HISTORY OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, Circa 1820, John Bartlett, John Crutcher, and James I. Miles were empowered to build a bridge across Main Elkhorn. " and "During the summer of 1863 Knights Bridge across Elkhorn was built by John Gault.. Knight's Bridge was replaced by a steel bridge in 1931, which was replaced in 1969, by the current Arch M. Over a twenty-year period, Paul Sawyier completed several hundred watercolor paintings of scenes on the Elkhorn Creek.
He most frequently painted different views of Indian Head rock, At Church's Grove, located about a mile from Knight's Bridge, and Dr. Suter's home at Peaks Mill.
He also painted two special watercolors of his love, "Mayme" Bull, on the Elkhorn. One painting had Mayme in a canoe, in the distance, under a Sycamore tree. This painting he gave to Emma Morris, who introduced Paul and Mayme. The other painting showed Mayme, sitting in a canoe, directly facing the viewer, as if the painting was a portrait. This painting is very unique, because it is the only Sawyier watercolor that shows the facial details of the figure in the painting.It is unclear for whom the Knight's Bridge is named. However, on the Yvonne & Zack Church Saufley farm, between Indian Head Rock and Knight's Bridge, is a small H. Among the tombstones if one inscribed: "WM KNIGHT, Nov 27/1810, Killed by Lightning, Aug 11/1963". This painting, KNIGHT'S BRIDGE, came through the Pepper Family that lived on Main Street and Petticoat Lane, across from the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Frankfort. Colonel Robert Pepper, who owned a distillery in Woodford County (now Labrot & Graham) had five daughters, known as the five little Peppers. These included Lizzie (Elizabeth) and Laura Starling Pepper. They gave the painting to Robert Pepper Smith in September, 1940, when he married Marion Manning. The Smith's passed the painting to Mrs.
Marion Manning Smith's sister, Margaret Manning, who was born in 1912 and who passed away in 2001. Print has never been framed and is in Excellent Condition (see photos) print number may vary from photo.
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