(French, active U.K., U.S., 1789-1861)
"Silhouette Portrait of David Austin Sayre (1825-1870)", Lexington, Kentucky, May 25, 1844
paper cut-out on lithograph
signed by Sayre lower left, further signed, dated and localized by Edouart.
Glazed in a period bird's-eye maple frame.
sight 10" x 7", framed 13-3/4" x 10-3/4"
Provenance: Peggy McClard American and Folk Art, Houston, Texas; Estate of Dr. Carroll Ball, Jackson, Mississippi.
Notes: David Sayre, a celebrated Kentucky statesman, was a prominent silversmith, banker and educator. In 1823, he added a brokerage office to his successful silver-plating business and created the banking house David A. Sayre and Company. Sayre, best known for his philanthropy, was instrumental in the formation of many Kentucky colleges. He established the Sayre Female Institute (now the Sayre School in Lexington), the first endowed college for women in America. He was one of the founding members of the University of Kentucky (formerly the Agricultural Society of Fayette County), and built the library at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. In addition to higher education, Sayre contributed significantly to the development of public charities, including churches, missions and orphanages. A life-sized statue of Sayre was erected in Lexington Cemetery, where he is buried.