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William Keith – Artist

I found the following article when I was doing the research for my post on the 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 is 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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II 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-'80s. On that tour, I learned that there use to be a train (Sacramento Northern) that ran through Montclair in the early 1900s and that people lived the area as early as 1860s — 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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