Rembrandt Peale, 1817 - Portrait of Jacob Gerard Koch - fine art print

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In 1817 the male American painter Rembrandt Peale created this 19th century masterpiece. The version of the work of art was painted with the size: 34 1/16 × 29 in (86,52 × 73,66 cm) and was manufactured with the medium oil on canvas. It can be viewed in in the digital art collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art. With courtesy of - Los Angeles County Museum of Art ( (licensed: public domain).The creditline of the artpiece is the following: . Besides, the alignment is in portrait format and has an image ratio of 1 : 1.2, which means that the length is 20% shorter than the width. Rembrandt Peale was a curator, painter of American nationality, whose artistic style can primarily be attributed to Neoclassicism. The North American artist was born in the year 1778 in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, United States, county and deceased at the age of 82 in 1860 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania, United States.

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The letter that the male sitter has apparently just pulled from his correspondence folder is addressed to [Ja]cob Gerard Koch (1761-1830), a prosperous merchant and prominent citizen of Philadelphia. Born in Holland, Koch emigrated to America before 1778. His business as an importer and merchant of "German" linens made him wealthy enough to purchase a country estate, Fountain Green, at the Falls of the Schuylkill in about 1801 and leave an immense estate in 1830 of more than a million dollars. A conspicuous patriot during the War of 1812, he contributed five thousand dollars toward the building of a frigate. Contemporaries remarked upon his exceptional corpulence; he weighed more than three hundred pounds. The letter bears a postal hand stamp "SHIP" and a manuscript rate marking "6." Although the six-cent rate was in use for a long time (1794-1861), the earliest known use of the "SHIP" hand stamp was in 1817, which suggests to historian Frederick S. Dickson that the paintings should be dated between 1817 and 1820, when Koch retired from business and moved to Paris. At that time he was married to his second wife, Jane Griffith (born in Ireland about 1772), whom he had married in Philadelphia in 1801. She survived her husband and lived in Paris until 1848. In 1833 Mrs. Koch wrote to her brother-in-law Matthew Huizinga Messchert in Philadelphia to order a copy of the portraits from THOMAS SULLY, who referred to them in his journal as by "R. Peale," confirming the stylistic evidence that points to an attribution of the original portraits to Rembrandt Peale. Closely comparable with the Koch portrait, for instance, would be Rembrandt Peale’s portrait of General Samuel Smith from the period of about 1817-18, in Baltimore’s Peale Museum, and his portrait of Isaac McKim of the same period at the Maryland Historical Society. Peale frequently posed his male subjects with one arm over a chair back to create a pyramidal composition, as in the portrait of Koch. Together with a general simplification and geometrizing of form, this most stable of compositions contributes to the neoclassical order of the portrait, which, however, is balanced by the strong contrasts and turbulent sky painted in the romantic tradition. As was his custom, Peale carried out the wife’s portrait in an even more romantic manner, with flowing lines, softer modeling, and a less direct gaze. While the male and female types are dissimilar, the unified architectural space between the portraits leaves little doubt that they are a pair. This background is among the most elaborate and impressive that Rembrandt Peale painted. Together with the richness and high quality of the figure painting, it marks the pair as among the artist’s finest works.

Structured table of the work of art

Artpiece title: "Portrait of Jacob Gerard Koch"
Artwork classification: painting
Art categorization: modern art
Time: 19th century
Year of creation: 1817
Age of artwork: over 200 years old
Medium of original artwork: oil on canvas
Original size: 34 1/16 × 29 in (86,52 × 73,66 cm)
Museum: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Location of the museum: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Museum website: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Artwork license type: public domain
Courtesy of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (

Artist table

Artist: Rembrandt Peale
Other names: peale rembrandt, peale rembrand, Rembrandt Peale, Peale, Peale Rembrandt
Gender of the artist: male
Artist nationality: American
Jobs of the artist: painter, curator
Country of the artist: United States
Classification: modern artist
Styles of the artist: Neoclassicism
Life span: 82 years
Born: 1778
Birthplace: Bucks county, Pennsylvania, United States, county
Died: 1860
Town of death: Philadelphia, Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania, United States

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Article classification: art reproduction
Reproduction: digital reproduction
Production technique: UV direct print
Production: Germany
Type of stock: on demand production
Intended product usage: wall gallery, wall décor
Orientation: portrait format
Aspect ratio: 1 : 1.2
Image aspect ratio meaning: the length is 20% shorter than the width
Available reproduction materials: poster print (canvas paper), metal print (aluminium dibond), canvas print, acrylic glass print (with real glass coating)
Canvas print (canvas on stretcher frame) variants: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) size variants: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
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