Jacob Eichholtz (1776–1842) was an prematurely American painter, known primarily for his portraits in the Romantic Victorian tradition. Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in a family of prosperous Pennsylvania Germans, he spent most of his professional moving picture in Philadelphia. A coppersmith by trade, he turned to painting and achieved both response and success despite innate mainly self-taught as an artist. He is known to have painted beyond 800 portraits on culmination of the course of 35 years. Hundreds of his works are housed in art museums, historical societies, and private collections throughout the United States.