Dr. Josiah Stewart (1783-1867)

Jacob Eichholtz, American, 1776 - 1842

Made in United States, North and Central America

c. 1812

Oil on canvas

29 3/4 x 25 inches (75.6 x 63.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Bequest of Emily Stewart Smith, 1951

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This portrait of Dr. Josiah Stewart (1783-1867) is a handsome and meticulously executed example of Jacob Eichholtz's early Philadelphia portraiture. The likeness is direct and pleasant but also projects a sense of authority. Stewart matriculated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1809, graduated with an M.D. on March 29, 1812 and established a medical practice in Philadelphia. The apparent age of the sitter and the style of the portrait suggest it was painted not long after Stewart's graduation.