9 x 7 x 3 3/8 in. (22.9 x 17.8 x 8.6 cm)
Framed: 12 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. (31.1 x 26.7 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
This small image of Isaac Darlington was painted by Jacob Eichholtz, a self-taught artist who became one of Pennsylvania’s leading portraitists. As a boy, Eichholtz was apprenticed to a coppersmith in Lancaster, then the state capital. In a canny move, he sold brightly colored profiles like this one for about the same price as a copper lantern or tavern sign. Customers flocked to commission their likenesses, and Darlington may have had his portrait made when he was serving in the state legislature in Lancaster in the early 1800s.