Jacob Eichholtz

Self-Portrait. Courtesy Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Name
Jacob Eichholtz
Also Known as
Jacob Eicholz
Jacob Eicholtz
born Lancaster, PA 1776-died Lancaster, PA 1842
Active in
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Luce Artist Biography

Jacob Eichholtz began his career as a sign painter and a coppersmith. After several years making such things as copper teakettles and entryway signs, he ventured into portraiture in 1801. When noted portraitist Thomas Sully came to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to paint its leading citizens, Eichholtz gave the artist his “painting room” to use as a studio. Sully took Eichholtz under his wing, giving him painting supplies and offering advice. Eichholtz later wrote that “Chance about this time threw a painter into the town of my residence. This in a moment decided my fate as to the arts.” He painted mainly in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. (Rindge, “Jacob Eichholtz: 1776-1842,” in Kelly et al., American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, vol. I, 1996)

Works by This Artist

1834
oil on canvas
ca. 1809
oil on wood
1827
oil on canvas
ca. 1811-1842
oil on wood