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.
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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.
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