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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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Robert ('Beau') Feilding, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D1935

Robert ('Beau') Feilding

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D1935

Robert ('Beau') Feilding, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D1936

Robert ('Beau') Feilding

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D1936

Elizabeth Stanhope (née Butler), Countess of Chesterfield, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D2064

Elizabeth Stanhope (née Butler), Countess of Chesterfield

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D2064

Elizabeth Coryton (née Chiverton), by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D2215

Elizabeth Coryton (née Chiverton)

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D2215

Louis Duras, 2nd Earl of Feversham, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  John Riley - NPG D2341

Louis Duras, 2nd Earl of Feversham

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after John Riley
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D2341

Robert ('Beau') Feilding, by Isaac Beckett, after  Willem Wissing - NPG D2384

Robert ('Beau') Feilding

by Isaac Beckett, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D2384

Mary Grimston, by Isaac Beckett, after  Willem Wissing - NPG D2538

Mary Grimston

by Isaac Beckett, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D2538

John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale, by and published by Isaac Beckett, after  John Riley - NPG D3542

John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale

by and published by Isaac Beckett, after John Riley
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D3542

John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale, by and published by Isaac Beckett, after  John Riley - NPG D3543

John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale

by and published by Isaac Beckett, after John Riley
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D3543

Unknown woman, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D4119

Unknown woman

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D4119

Diana Turnor (née Cecil), by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D4505

Diana Turnor (née Cecil)

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D4505

Diana Turnor (née Cecil), by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D4506

Diana Turnor (née Cecil)

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D4506

Dorothy Fane (née Brudenell), Countess of Westmorland, by Isaac Beckett, after  John Riley - NPG D4744

Dorothy Fane (née Brudenell), Countess of Westmorland

by Isaac Beckett, after John Riley
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D4744

Dorothy Fane (née Brudenell), Countess of Westmorland, by Isaac Beckett, after  John Riley - NPG D4745

Dorothy Fane (née Brudenell), Countess of Westmorland

by Isaac Beckett, after John Riley
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D4745

Henrietta Maria Wyvill (née Yarborough), Lady Wyvill, by and published by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D4947

Henrietta Maria Wyvill (née Yarborough), Lady Wyvill

by and published by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D4947

Henrietta Maria Wyvill (née Yarborough), Lady Wyvill, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D4948

Henrietta Maria Wyvill (née Yarborough), Lady Wyvill

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D4948

Charlotte Lee (née Fitzroy), Countess of Lichfield, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D5092

Charlotte Lee (née Fitzroy), Countess of Lichfield

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D5092

John Drummond, 1st Earl of and titular Duke of Melfort, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D5246

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

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D5246

Hadriaan (Adrian) Beverland, by Isaac Beckett, after  G.D. Vois - NPG D703

Hadriaan (Adrian) Beverland

by Isaac Beckett, after G.D. Vois
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D703

Hadriaan (Adrian) Beverland, by Isaac Beckett, after  G.D. Vois - NPG D731

Hadriaan (Adrian) Beverland

by Isaac Beckett, after G.D. Vois
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D731

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