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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 James II, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Nicolas de Largillière - NPG D11916

King James II

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Nicolas de Largillière
mezzotint, 1686
NPG D11916

Robert ('Beau') Feilding, by and published by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D11706

Robert ('Beau') Feilding

by and published by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1686
NPG D11706

Nicolas de Largillière; his wife and his son and daughter, by Isaac Beckett, after  Nicolas de Largillière - NPG D13683

Nicolas de Largillière; his wife and his son and daughter

by Isaac Beckett, after Nicolas de Largillière
mezzotint, 1686
NPG D13683

Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D11605

Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (1687)
NPG D11605

John Drummond, 1st Earl of and titular Duke of Melfort, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D11955

John Drummond, 1st Earl of and titular Duke of Melfort

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (1687)
NPG D11955

Catherine of Braganza, by Cornelius Nicolas Schurtz, after  Isaac Beckett - NPG D29294

Catherine of Braganza

by Cornelius Nicolas Schurtz, after Isaac Beckett
engraving, 1689
NPG D29294

Queen Anne when Princess of Denmark, probably by Isaac Beckett, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D9232

Queen Anne when Princess of Denmark

probably by Isaac Beckett, published by Edward Cooper, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1689
NPG D9232

Queen Anne when Princess of Denmark, probably by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Savage, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D31058

Queen Anne when Princess of Denmark

probably by Isaac Beckett, published by John Savage, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1689
NPG D31058

Catherine of Braganza, by Cornelius Nicolas Schurtz, after  Isaac Beckett - NPG D18441

Catherine of Braganza

by Cornelius Nicolas Schurtz, after Isaac Beckett
line engraving, 1689
NPG D18441

Louis Duras, 2nd Earl of Feversham, by Burrell, after  Silvester (Sylvester) Harding, after  Isaac Beckett, after  John Riley - NPG D30856

Louis Duras, 2nd Earl of Feversham

by Burrell, after Silvester (Sylvester) Harding, after Isaac Beckett, after John Riley
stipple engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D30856

Thomas Cartwright, by Sir Henry Hake, after  Isaac Beckett, after  Gilbert Soest - NPG D21670

Thomas Cartwright

by Sir Henry Hake, after Isaac Beckett, after Gilbert Soest
pencil on tracing paper, circa 1927-1951
NPG D21670

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Henry Compton

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after John Riley
mezzotint, (circa 1680-1685)
NPG D19923

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Isabella FitzRoy (née Bennet), Duchess of Grafton

by Isaac Beckett, published by Edward Cooper, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, 1680s
NPG D20269

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Joan Soame (née Shute)

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D4274

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John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale

by and published by Isaac Beckett, after John Riley
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D18725

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Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Thomas Murray
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D19396

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Catherine of Braganza

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D19965

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Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton

by and published by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D19975

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John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale

by and published by Isaac Beckett, after John Riley
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D20015

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Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D20042

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Louis Duras, 2nd Earl of Feversham

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after John Riley
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D20151

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Anne Killigrew

by Isaac Beckett, after Anne Killigrew
mezzotint, circa 1683-1688
NPG D19754

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Queen Anne when Princess of Denmark

by and published by Isaac Beckett, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, 1683-1688
NPG D19097

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Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1685-1688 (1685)
NPG D19603

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