In the days before it was possible to reproduce family portraits by photographic means, painted and printed copies provided completeness and substitutes in the portrait galleries of wealthy aristocratic and upper-class families. This copy of Hofnaas’s Portrait of Carl Justinian von Holzhausen (1750–1793) will also have served that function. For generations, the von Holzhausens—an old-established line of Frankfurt patricians—had themselves immortalized in portraits to preserve the memory of their family members. Here the copyist departed from the original by dressing his subject in a double-breasted green coat and omitting the black hat under his arm. He replicated the details of the furnishings precisely, however, and scaled them down to fit into the oval format.