The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Search the Collection

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.

Tell us More

 Like voting
is closed

Thanks for Liking

Please Like other favourites!
If they inspire you please support our work.

Make a donation Close

List Thumbnail

Anne Killigrew, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Anne Killigrew - NPG D11896

Anne Killigrew

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Anne Killigrew
mezzotint, published circa 1683-1729
NPG D11896

Isabella FitzRoy (née Bennet), Duchess of Grafton, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D11970

Isabella FitzRoy (née Bennet), Duchess of Grafton

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, published circa 1683-1729
NPG D11970

Elizabeth Cecil (née Brownlow), Countess of Exeter, by Isaac Beckett, published by  Alexander Browne, after  Gilbert Soest - NPG D31013

Elizabeth Cecil (née Brownlow), Countess of Exeter

by Isaac Beckett, published by Alexander Browne, after Gilbert Soest
mezzotint, circa 1684
NPG D31013

Sir Peter Lely, by Isaac Beckett, published by  Alexander Browne, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D3569

Sir Peter Lely

by Isaac Beckett, published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1684
NPG D3569

Anne Kirke (née Killigrew), by Isaac Beckett, published by  Alexander Browne, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D11449

Anne Kirke (née Killigrew)

by Isaac Beckett, published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
mezzotint, circa 1684 (circa 1637)
NPG D11449

Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton, by Isaac Beckett, published by  Alexander Browne, after  Thomas Hawker - NPG D11403

Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton

by Isaac Beckett, published by Alexander Browne, after Thomas Hawker
mezzotint, circa 1684
NPG D11403

Sir Peter Lely, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D11494

Sir Peter Lely

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1684-1688
NPG D11494

Lamentation, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Annibale Carracci - NPG D11718

Lamentation

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Annibale Carracci
mezzotint, 1684 (1599-1600)
NPG D11718

Anne Kirke (née Killigrew), by Isaac Beckett, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D13172

Anne Kirke (née Killigrew)

by Isaac Beckett, published by Edward Cooper, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
mezzotint, circa 1684 (circa 1637)
NPG D13172

Sir Peter Lely, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D12041

Sir Peter Lely

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1684-1688
NPG D12041

Sir Peter Lely, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D12039

Sir Peter Lely

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1684-1688
NPG D12039

Sir Peter Lely, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D12040

Sir Peter Lely

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1684-1688
NPG D12040

Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D29468

Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1685-1688
NPG D29468

Mary of Modena, by and sold by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D32749

Mary of Modena

by and sold by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1685-1688
NPG D32749

Madam Baker, by Isaac Beckett, after  John Smith, published by  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D31018

Madam Baker

by Isaac Beckett, after John Smith, published by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1685)
NPG D31018

Lucy Loftus (née Brydges), Viscountess Lisburne, by John Smith, published by  Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D31030

Lucy Loftus (née Brydges), Viscountess Lisburne

by John Smith, published by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1685
NPG D31030

Ferdinando d'Adda, by Isaac Beckett, after  Unknown artist - NPG D9297

Ferdinando d'Adda

by Isaac Beckett, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1685 or after
NPG D9297

Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D36898

Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1685-1688 (1685)
NPG D36898

Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D36899

Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1685-1688 (1685)
NPG D36899

Charlotte Lee (née Fitzroy), Countess of Lichfield, by and published by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D37366

Charlotte Lee (née Fitzroy), Countess of Lichfield

by and published by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1685)
NPG D37366

Charlotte Lee (née Fitzroy), Countess of Lichfield, by and published by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D37367

Charlotte Lee (née Fitzroy), Countess of Lichfield

by and published by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1685)
NPG D37367

Ferdinando d'Adda, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D1712

Ferdinando d'Adda

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1685-1688
NPG D1712

Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D2456

Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1685-1688
NPG D2456

Isabella FitzRoy (née Bennet), Duchess of Grafton, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D2493

Isabella FitzRoy (née Bennet), Duchess of Grafton

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1685
NPG D2493

Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D2645

Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1685-1688
NPG D2645

Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D2646

Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1685-1688
NPG D2646

Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D3498

Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1685-1688 (1685)
NPG D3498

Madam Baker, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D584

Madam Baker

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1685)
NPG D584

Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D11493

Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1685-1688 (1685)
NPG D11493

Charlotte Lee (née Fitzroy), Countess of Lichfield, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D11561

Charlotte Lee (née Fitzroy), Countess of Lichfield

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1685)
NPG D11561

Madam Baker, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D11954

Madam Baker

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1685)
NPG D11954

Charlotte Lee (née Fitzroy), Countess of Lichfield, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D17886

Charlotte Lee (née Fitzroy), Countess of Lichfield

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1685)
NPG D17886

Hadriaan (Adrian) Beverland, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Simon du Bois - NPG D31745

Hadriaan (Adrian) Beverland

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Simon du Bois
mezzotint, 1686
NPG D31745

Nicolas de Largillière; his wife and two children, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Nicolas de Largillière - NPG D30418

Nicolas de Largillière; his wife and two children

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Nicolas de Largillière
mezzotint, 1686
NPG D30418

King James II, by and published by Isaac Beckett, after  Nicolas de Largillière - NPG D30781

King James II

by and published by Isaac Beckett, after Nicolas de Largillière
mezzotint, circa 1686
NPG D30781

King James II, by and published by Isaac Beckett, after  Nicolas de Largillière - NPG D30784

King James II

by and published by Isaac Beckett, after Nicolas de Largillière
mezzotint, circa 1686
NPG D30784

possibly William Cecil, by Isaac Beckett, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Willem Wissing - NPG D30941

possibly William Cecil

by Isaac Beckett, published by Edward Cooper, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, circa 1686
NPG D30941

Pieter van der Meulen, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Nicolas de Largillière - NPG D11500

Pieter van der Meulen

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Nicolas de Largillière
mezzotint, 1686
NPG D11500

Hadriaan (Adrian) Beverland, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Simon du Bois - NPG D11756

Hadriaan (Adrian) Beverland

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Simon du Bois
mezzotint, 1686
NPG D11756

Nicolas de Largillière; his wife and two children, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Nicolas de Largillière - NPG D11557

Nicolas de Largillière; his wife and two children

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Nicolas de Largillière
mezzotint, 1686
NPG D11557

Related People

Place

Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. You can buy a print of most illustrated portraits. Select the portrait of interest to you, then look out for a Buy a Print button. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.