Portrait of a Man

  • Jacob Eichholtz, Portrait of a Man, ca. 1809, oil on wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mary L. Schaff, 1964.6.2

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Portrait of a Man and Portrait of a Woman were painted to hang as a pair, the two sitters facing one another as husband and wife. The profile was a common portrait style in America’s first decades, and these paintings show the softer line and naturalistic modeling that Jacob Eichholtz favored in his later profile portraits. Eichholtz was a savvy businessman. He ran a smithing business and charged the same amount for framed portraits as he did for copper teakettles or lanterns, making the portraits as affordable as other essential household items.

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“Part of the day I wrought as a coppersmith, the other part as a painter.” Jacob Eichholtz, in Ryan, The Worlds of Jacob Eichholtz: Portrait Painter of the Early Republic, 2003

Portrait of a Man
ca. 1809
On View
10 x 7 3/4 in. (25.3 x 19.7 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mary L. Schaff

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oil on wood
  • Portrait male – unidentified
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