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 Frederick Eckstein  (1775 - 1852)

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Lived/Active: Ohio      Known for: sculptor-portrait, drawing

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In 1794, Frederick Eckstein arrived in Philadelphia from Berlin, Germany where he was most likely born circa 1775. He immigrated with his family, including his father, Johann Eckstein, a sculptor who had worked for Frederick the Great. Eckstein became a noted sculptor and teacher during the mid 19th century.

Working as a sculptor with his father and Charles Willson Peale he helped form the short-lived Columbianum Society in Philadelphia. After his father's death in 1817, Frederick left Philadelphia to become a schoolteacher, first at Harmony, Pennsylvania, and then at Wheeling and Charleston, West Virginia.

He settled in Cincinnati in 1823 and lived in the Middle West for the remainder of his life. He did portrait busts of Andrew Jackson and Marquis de Lafayette, which attracted much attention and encouraged Eckstein in his founding of the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts in 1826. "His goal was to teach the principles of mechanical and architectural drawing, give lectures on art, and hold exhibitions of work by American and foreign artists". (Falk)

However, the response to the Academy's programs was slow, and in 1829, it became part of the Ohio Mechanics' Institute. From 1830 to 1838, Eckstein taught school in Kentucky in Frankfort, Millersburg, and Augusta. He spent his last years teaching in Cincinnati, and his students included Hiram Powers and Shobal Vail Clevenger.

Frederick Eckstein died in 1852.

Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
Matthew Baigell, "Dictionary of American Art"

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