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Master Schaum

A work made of oil on yellow poplar panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on yellow poplar panel.




Jacob Eichholtz
American, 1776–1842

About this artwork

Working as a coppersmith in his hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Jacob Eichholtz aspired to be a portraitist, eventually giving up his metalwork business to focus on painting by 1811. Despite having essentially no formal training in the medium, Eichholtz progressed quickly, becoming one of the leading portrait painters in Philadelphia and nearby areas. These portraits of the family of Benjamin Schaum (1980.742, 1980.743, and 1980.745), a fellow resident and coppersmith in Lancaster, are examples of the artist’s early style. Eichholtz first mastered small, profile portraits like these, typically executed on wooden panels. Later he developed a more sophisticated handling of the figure, rendering larger-scale compositions on canvas of his sitters in three-quarter views.


On View, Gallery 169


Arts of the Americas


Jacob Eichholtz


Master Schaum


Lancaster (Object made in)

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c. 1808–1810


Oil on yellow poplar panel


also marked on the back: 1954.125


22.9 × 17.5 cm (9 × 6 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch

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