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William Keith – Artist

I found the following article when I was doing the research for my post Hays Canyon Murder and another I am working on. I immediately went searching for the paintings and I found photos of them. Absolutely beautiful. Sharing what I found. The first painting in somewhere in the hills above Piedmont.

Oakland Tribune Feb 24, 1886

The artist William Keith spent some time in Piedmont Hills painting the following .

View from Piedmont Hills – c 1886

“View from Piedmont Hills,”
oil on canvas, unsigned, canvas: 15.75″h x 29″w.

Joseph Worcester’s Piedmont cottage – 1883

Reverend Joseph Worcesters House, Piedmont 1883 
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A painting by William Keith of Joseph Worcester’s Piedmont cottage, 1883
A painting by William Keith of Joseph Worcester’s Piedmont cottage, 1883
Hidden Walks in the East Bay & Marin: Pathways, Essays, & Yesterdays – google books

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I have been an Oakland history buff since going on an Oakland Heritage Alliance Tour of the Fernwood Neighborhood in the Montclair District of Oakland, in the mid-80's. On that tour, I learned that there use to be a train (Sacramento Northern) that ran through Montclair, in the early 1900's and that people lived the area as early as 1860's. I have been hooked ever since. Since then I have spent a lot of time looking into the history of Montclair and I have learned a lot. I feel this will be the best way to get it out of my head and onto paper.

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