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Isaac Beckett

(1652 or 1653-1688), Engraver

Artist associated with 184 portraits
The first major English mezzotint engraver, apprenticed to a calico printer in London. He was introduced to the newly invented technique of mezzotinting by John Lloyd, a printseller. Beckett engraved numerous mezzotint portraits, principally after the designs of Sir Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller, Wissing and Riley. He also engraved religious, mythological and landscape scenes after Heemskerck and other masters. Among his greatest mezzotint portraits are Sir Godfrey Kneller, King Charles II and James, Duke of York. Apart from his earliest work, Beckett published and sold his prints himself. He took on engraver John Smith as an assistant.

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King Charles I, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26300

King Charles I

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D26300

Catherine of Braganza, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D29296

Catherine of Braganza

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D29296

Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond and Lennox, by Isaac Beckett, after  William Wissing - NPG D29467

Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond and Lennox

by Isaac Beckett, after William Wissing
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D29467

Robert ('Beau') Feilding, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, published by  Edward Cooper - NPG D29987

Robert ('Beau') Feilding

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, published by Edward Cooper
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D29987

Henry Fitzroy, 1st Duke of Grafton, by Isaac Beckett, after  Thomas Hawker, published by  Alexander Browne - NPG D29469

Henry Fitzroy, 1st Duke of Grafton

by Isaac Beckett, after Thomas Hawker, published by Alexander Browne
mezzotint, circa 1680-4
NPG D29469

Henry Compton, by Isaac Beckett, after  John Riley, published by  John Smith - NPG D30884

Henry Compton

by Isaac Beckett, after John Riley, published by John Smith
mezzotint, (circa 1680-1685)
NPG D30884

Henry Compton, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  John Riley - NPG D34055

Henry Compton

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after John Riley
mezzotint, (circa 1680-1685)
NPG D34055

Elizabeth Montagu (née Wriothesley), Countess of Montagu when Countess of Northumberland, by Isaac Beckett, published by  Alexander Browne, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D38881

Elizabeth Montagu (née Wriothesley), Countess of Montagu when Countess of Northumberland

by Isaac Beckett, published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1680-1684
NPG D38881

Elizabeth Montagu (née Wriothesley), Countess of Montagu when Countess of Northumberland, by Isaac Beckett, published by  Alexander Browne, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D38882

Elizabeth Montagu (née Wriothesley), Countess of Montagu when Countess of Northumberland

by Isaac Beckett, published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1680-1684
NPG D38882

Queen Mary II when Princess of Orange, after Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D42302

Queen Mary II when Princess of Orange

after Isaac Beckett, after Sir Peter Lely
etching and line engraving, 1680s
NPG D42302

William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire, by and published by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D18865

William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire

by and published by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1680-1685)
NPG D18865

Henry Compton, by Isaac Beckett, after  John Riley - NPG D1511

Henry Compton

by Isaac Beckett, after John Riley
mezzotint, (circa 1680-1685)
NPG D1511

Henry Compton, by Isaac Beckett, after  John Riley - NPG D1512

Henry Compton

by Isaac Beckett, after John Riley
mezzotint, (circa 1680-1685)
NPG D1512

Isabella Fitzroy (née Bennet), Duchess of Grafton, by Isaac Beckett, after  William Wissing - NPG D2465

Isabella Fitzroy (née Bennet), Duchess of Grafton

by Isaac Beckett, after William Wissing
mezzotint, 1680s
NPG D2465

Isabella Fitzroy (née Bennet), Duchess of Grafton, by Isaac Beckett, after  William Wissing - NPG D2466

Isabella Fitzroy (née Bennet), Duchess of Grafton

by Isaac Beckett, after William Wissing
mezzotint, 1680s
NPG D2466

Elizabeth Montagu (née Wriothesley), Countess of Montagu when Countess of Northumberland, by Isaac Beckett, published by  Alexander Browne, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D11420

Elizabeth Montagu (née Wriothesley), Countess of Montagu when Countess of Northumberland

by Isaac Beckett, published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1680-1684
NPG D11420

Elizabeth Cecil (née Brownlow), Countess of Exeter, by Isaac Beckett, published by  Alexander Browne, after  Gilbert Soest - NPG D11440

Elizabeth Cecil (née Brownlow), Countess of Exeter

by Isaac Beckett, published by Alexander Browne, after Gilbert Soest
mezzotint, circa 1680-4
NPG D11440

Elizabeth Montagu (née Wriothesley), Countess of Montagu when Countess of Northumberland, by Isaac Beckett, published by  Alexander Browne, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D11626

Elizabeth Montagu (née Wriothesley), Countess of Montagu when Countess of Northumberland

by Isaac Beckett, published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1680-1684
NPG D11626

Cupid and Psyche, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Alessandro Turchi - NPG D11729

Cupid and Psyche

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Alessandro Turchi
mezzotint, circa 1680-4
NPG D11729

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