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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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Queen Mary II when Princess of Orange, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D7762

Queen Mary II when Princess of Orange

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D7762

King Charles I, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D7879

King Charles I

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D7879

King Charles I, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D7880

King Charles I

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D7880

Joan Soame (née Shute), by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D8368

Joan Soame (née Shute)

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D8368

Christ on the Cross, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D11893

Christ on the Cross

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D11893

Diana Turnor (née Cecil), by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D11600

Diana Turnor (née Cecil)

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D11600

King Charles I, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D11518

King Charles I

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D11518

Unknown woman, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D11616

Unknown woman

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D11616

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D11617

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D11617

The Dutch School, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Egbert van Heemskerck the Elder - NPG D11738

The Dutch School

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Egbert van Heemskerck the Elder
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D11738

Pan and Syrinx, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith - NPG D11748

Pan and Syrinx

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D11748

Man confessing to a monk, by Isaac Beckett, after  Egbert van Heemskerck the Elder - NPG D11758

Man confessing to a monk

by Isaac Beckett, after Egbert van Heemskerck the Elder
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D11758

Catherine of Braganza, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith - NPG D11927

Catherine of Braganza

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D11927

Dorothy Fane (née Brudenell), Countess of Westmorland, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  John Riley - NPG D11941

Dorothy Fane (née Brudenell), Countess of Westmorland

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after John Riley
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D11941

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D11940

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D11940

King James II, published by Isaac Beckett - NPG D11822

King James II

published by Isaac Beckett
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D11822

Ferdinando d'Adda, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith - NPG D11952

Ferdinando d'Adda

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D11952

Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond and Lennox, by and published by Isaac Beckett - NPG D11960

Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond and Lennox

by and published by Isaac Beckett
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D11960

Peter Gunning, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith - NPG D11966

Peter Gunning

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D11966

John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale, by and published by Isaac Beckett, after  John Riley - NPG D11653

John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale

by and published by Isaac Beckett, after John Riley
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D11653

Louis Duras, 2nd Earl of Feversham, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  John Riley - NPG D11658

Louis Duras, 2nd Earl of Feversham

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after John Riley
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D11658

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D11659

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D11659

Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Thomas Murray - NPG D11660

Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Thomas Murray
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D11660

Richard Low, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith - NPG D11698

Richard Low

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D11698

Robert ('Beau') Feilding, by Isaac Beckett, after  Willem Wissing - NPG D1908

Robert ('Beau') Feilding

by Isaac Beckett, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D1908

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, by Isaac Beckett, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D19582

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth

by Isaac Beckett, published by Edward Cooper, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D19582

Hadriaan (Adrian) Beverland, by Isaac Beckett, published by  Edward Cooper, after  G.D. Vois - NPG D20169

Hadriaan (Adrian) Beverland

by Isaac Beckett, published by Edward Cooper, after G.D. Vois
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D20169

Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle, by John Smith, published by  Isaac Beckett, after  Thomas Murray - NPG D325

Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle

by John Smith, published by Isaac Beckett, after Thomas Murray
mezzotint, 1682-1688
NPG D325

Anne Killigrew, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Anne Killigrew - NPG D30437

Anne Killigrew

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Anne Killigrew
mezzotint, circa 1683-1688
NPG D30437

Anne Killigrew, by Isaac Beckett, after  Anne Killigrew - NPG D3420

Anne Killigrew

by Isaac Beckett, after Anne Killigrew
mezzotint, circa 1683-1688
NPG D3420

Prince George of Denmark, Duke of Cumberland, by Isaac Beckett, after  Willem Wissing - NPG D7781

Prince George of Denmark, Duke of Cumberland

by Isaac Beckett, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, (circa 1683)
NPG D7781

Henrietta Maria Wyvill (née Yarborough), Lady Wyvill, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D11611

Henrietta Maria Wyvill (née Yarborough), Lady Wyvill

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, published circa 1683-1729
NPG D11611

Crucifixion, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D11890

Crucifixion

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
mezzotint, published circa 1683-1729
NPG D11890

Queen Anne when Princess of Denmark, by Isaac Beckett, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Willem Wissing - NPG D11627

Queen Anne when Princess of Denmark

by Isaac Beckett, published by Edward Cooper, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, 1683-1688
NPG D11627

Shepherd piping to a Shepherdess, by Robert Robinson, published by  Isaac Beckett - NPG D11754

Shepherd piping to a Shepherdess

by Robert Robinson, published by Isaac Beckett
mezzotint, circa 1683-1688
NPG D11754

Birdpiece with Turkey, Peacock and other Birds, by Robert Robinson, published by  Isaac Beckett - NPG D11771

Birdpiece with Turkey, Peacock and other Birds

by Robert Robinson, published by Isaac Beckett
mezzotint, circa 1683-1688
NPG D11771

The Ruined Temple of Apollo, by Robert Robinson, published by  Isaac Beckett - NPG D11813

The Ruined Temple of Apollo

by Robert Robinson, published by Isaac Beckett
mezzotint, circa 1683-1688
NPG D11813

King Charles II, published by Isaac Beckett - NPG D11820

King Charles II

published by Isaac Beckett
mezzotint, circa 1683-1688
NPG D11820

Good Samaritan, by Robert Robinson, published by  Isaac Beckett - NPG D11855

Good Samaritan

by Robert Robinson, published by Isaac Beckett
mezzotint, circa 1683-1688
NPG D11855

Dead Saviour, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith - NPG D11882

Dead Saviour

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith
mezzotint, published circa 1683-1729
NPG D11882

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