Cape Henlopen

After a painting by Thomas Birch (American, 1779-1851) in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (62.261).

Jacob Eichholtz, American, 1776 - 1842. Copy after a painting by Thomas Birch, American (born England), 1779 - 1851.

Made in United States, North and Central America

After 1832

Oil on canvas

20 1/8 x 29 7/8 inches (51.1 x 75.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. William M. Wills, 1930

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Jacob Eichholtz, a Pennsylvania portrait painter, made few landscape or marine paintings. This scene, a copy of the work of the Philadelphia marine painter Thomas Birch, made when both artists were over fifty, seems to have been undertaken as a learning experience, or for the pleasure of owning an admired work.

Copies were common in American art before the mid-nineteenth century. Artists learned from copying prints or other paintings, and often earned money making replicas of old master paintings for collectors.