Who is John Giles Eccardt?

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John Giles Eccardt (1720–1779) was a German-born British portrait painter. He came to England amongst the French painter Jean-Baptiste van Loo for whom he worked as an assistant. When Van Loo departed the country, Eccardt remained and set up a portrait-painting business. In the past years he did portraits of a number of leading members of British action including twenty six of his chief patron Horace Walpole. He died in 1779.

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