Jacob Eichholtz portrait of Captain James Hart of Maryland

Jacob Eichholtz (born 1776 - died 1842 both in Lancaster, PA ) is considered one of the greatest portrait painters in early American history. He studied under master portrait painter, Thomas Sully, beginning in 1808 and also studied under our nation's preeminent portrait painter, Gilbert Stuart in Boston beginning in 1811. He exhibited regularly at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. This fine oil portrait by Eichholtz is of Captain James Hart of Maryland who, along with his twin brother John, was the grandson of John Hart, signer of the Declaration of Independence from Hopewell, New Jersey (see: John Hart: The Biography of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence by Cleon Hammond). This painting dates from either 1817 or 1820/21 when Eichholtz was known to have been working and painting portrait commissions in Baltimore, Maryland. Randal Snyder, then Curator of the Lancaster Historical Society (with the largest collection of Eichholtz portraits in the U.S.) vetted this painting as a genuine Eichholtz in 1991. The image of Captain Hart measures 23 1/2" w x 29" h. The original gilt frame measures 29 3/4" w x 35" h x 2 1/4" d. This is a rare and historically significant portrait by one of America's master portrait painters of the early 19th century.