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

Joan Soame (née Shute), by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D31019

Joan Soame (née Shute)

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D31019

Joan Soame (née Shute), by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, published by  Edward Cooper - NPG D31020

Joan Soame (née Shute)

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, published by Edward Cooper
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D31020

Diana Turnor (née Cecil), by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, published by  John Smith - NPG D31027

Diana Turnor (née Cecil)

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, published by John Smith
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D31027

Count Ferdinando d'Ada, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith - NPG D31050

Count Ferdinando d'Ada

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D31050

Queen Mary II when Princess of Orange, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D31072

Queen Mary II when Princess of Orange

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D31072

Dorothy Fane (née Brudenell), Countess of Westmorland, by Isaac Beckett, after  John Riley, published by  John Smith - NPG D31325

Dorothy Fane (née Brudenell), Countess of Westmorland

by Isaac Beckett, after John Riley, published by John Smith
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D31325

Mary Grimston, by Isaac Beckett, after  Willem Wissing - NPG D34973

Mary Grimston

by Isaac Beckett, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D34973

Lady Williams, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Bowles, after  Willem Wissing - NPG D37089

Lady Williams

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Bowles, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D37089

Unknown woman, by Isaac Beckett, sold by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D39908

Unknown woman

by Isaac Beckett, sold by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D39908

Elizabeth Grey (née Harvey), Countess of Stamford, by Isaac Beckett, sold by  Edward Cooper, after  Willem Wissing - NPG D41849

Elizabeth Grey (née Harvey), Countess of Stamford

by Isaac Beckett, sold by Edward Cooper, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D41849

George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, by Isaac Beckett, after  Simon Verelst - NPG D1130

George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham

by Isaac Beckett, after Simon Verelst
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D1130

Elizabeth Stanhope (née Butler), Countess of Chesterfield, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D1284

Elizabeth Stanhope (née Butler), Countess of Chesterfield

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D1284

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland, by and published by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D1472

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland

by and published by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D1472

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D1473

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D1473

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D1474

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D1474

Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D1768

Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D1768

Mary Feilding (née Swift), by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D1909

Mary Feilding (née Swift)

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D1909

Mary Feilding (née Swift), by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D1910

Mary Feilding (née Swift)

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D1910

Mary Feilding (née Swift), by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D1911

Mary Feilding (née Swift)

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D1911

Louis Duras, 2nd Earl of Feversham, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  John Riley - NPG D1913

Louis Duras, 2nd Earl of Feversham

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after John Riley
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D1913

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.