Saturday, April 20, 2013
The first Became aware of Jacob Eichholtz (1776-1842), when i Roamed the halls of the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore During the 1980s. He was born north of Baltimore in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where he tried His hand at being a tinsmith, a cooper, & amp; a sign painter. But His passion was for painting portraits. He wrote of His unexpected friendship with Thomas Sully in Lancaster County in 1808, "Chance about this time threw a painter into the town of my residence. This in a moment my DECIDED make as to the arts. Previous to the arrival of this painter, I had made some rude Efforts with tolerable success, having nothing more than a Bootjack for vane, and anything in the shape of a brush, for at that time brushes were not to be had, not even in Philadelphia. At length I was lucky enough to get a few half-worn brushes from Mr. Sully, being on the eve of His departure for England. This was a great feast to me, and enabled me to go on until others were to be had. " In 1811, Eichholtz visited Gilbert Stuart in Boston, & amp; Began a lifelong series of exhibitions with the Society of Artists at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Probably before 1820, Eichholtz was painting portraits in Baltimore & amp; Beyond, from Pittsburg to Delaware. By 1821 he had set-up a studio in Philadelphia; where he painted, until he returned to Lancanster County in 1832, painting portraits until His death 10 years later.