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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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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 1680-1684
NPG D11729

Henry Compton, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  John Riley - NPG D11588

Henry Compton

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

Hadriaan (Adrian) Beverland, by Isaac Beckett, after  G.D. Vois - NPG D31744

Hadriaan (Adrian) Beverland

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

Katherine Philips (née Fowler), by Isaac Beckett, after  Unknown artist - NPG D29072

Katherine Philips (née Fowler)

by Isaac Beckett, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D29072

Joan Soame (née Shute), by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D9185

Joan Soame (née Shute)

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D9185

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30496

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D30496

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, published by  Edward Cooper - NPG D30507

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, published by Edward Cooper
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D30507

Elizabeth Stanhope (née Butler), Countess of Chesterfield, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D30520

Elizabeth Stanhope (née Butler), Countess of Chesterfield

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D30520

Elizabeth Stanhope (née Butler), Countess of Chesterfield, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D30521

Elizabeth Stanhope (née Butler), Countess of Chesterfield

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D30521

King William III, by Isaac Beckett - NPG D9217

King William III

by Isaac Beckett
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D9217

Lady Williams, by Isaac Beckett, after  Willem Wissing, sold by  John Bowles - NPG D30636

Lady Williams

by Isaac Beckett, after Willem Wissing, sold by John Bowles
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D30636

Mary Feilding (née Swift), by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D30654

Mary Feilding (née Swift)

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D30654

Catherine of Braganza, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith - NPG D30810

Catherine of Braganza

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D30810

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30818

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D30818

Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle, by Isaac Beckett, after  Thomas Murray, published by  John Smith - NPG D30843

Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle

by Isaac Beckett, after Thomas Murray, published by John Smith
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D30843

Louis Duras, 2nd Earl of Feversham, by and published by Isaac Beckett, after  John Riley - NPG D30853

Louis Duras, 2nd Earl of Feversham

by and published by Isaac Beckett, after John Riley
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D30853

Wriothesley Russell, 2nd Duke of Bedford, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30859

Wriothesley Russell, 2nd Duke of Bedford

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D30859

Wriothesley Russell, 2nd Duke of Bedford, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30860

Wriothesley Russell, 2nd Duke of Bedford

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D30860

Anne Windham, by Isaac Beckett, after  Willem Wissing, published by  Edward Cooper - NPG D31012

Anne Windham

by Isaac Beckett, after Willem Wissing, published by Edward Cooper
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D31012

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