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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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D26300

King Charles I

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
mezzotint, late 17th century
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D29296

Catherine of Braganza

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

D29467

Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond and Lennox

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

D29987

Robert ('Beau') Feilding

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

D29469

Henry Fitzroy, 1st Duke of Grafton

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

D30884

Henry Compton

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

D34055

Henry Compton

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

D42302

Queen Mary II when Princess of Orange

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

D18865

William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire

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

D1511

Henry Compton

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

D1512

Henry Compton

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

D2465

Isabella Fitzroy (née Bennet), Duchess of Grafton

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

D2466

Isabella Fitzroy (née Bennet), Duchess of Grafton

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

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

D11440

Elizabeth Cecil (née Brownlow), Countess of Exeter

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

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

D11729

Cupid and Psyche

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

D11588

Henry Compton

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after John Riley
mezzotint, (circa 1680-1685)
NPG D11588

D31744

Adrian Beverland

by Isaac Beckett, after G.D. Vois
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D31744

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