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painter, draftsman, reproductive printmaker, court painter, art dealer (person), art agent
court painter and chamberlain of Christina of Sweden from 1647 onwards
Nationality/school
North Netherlandish
Born
Delft 1621-05-25
According to the diary of his uncle after whom he was named and who was a witness, he was baptized on 30 May 1621.
Deceased
The Hague 1656-12/1656-12-20
Died possibly of poisening. The exact date of his death is uncertain. Beck's body was transferred from his house in The Hague to his father's house in Rotterdam where he was buried in the Scottish church, on 22 December 1656. On December 19, 1656 the inventory of his house in The Hague was made (in: protocol notary Balthazar de Gruyter, Rotterdam, inscribed there on 5 May 1657).
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son of Hendrik Beck (died 1659), school teacher and Eva Aelbrechtsdr. Schoonharen (died 1640)
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Biographical information
Period of activity
1640 - 1656
Beck started his career as assistant to Anthony van Dyck and was active until he became seriously ill at the end of 1656.
Active in
  • Londen (Engeland) 1640 - 1641
    pupil and assistant of Anthony van Dyck in London (Hoogewerff 1952). Became drawing teacher of the sons of King Charles I and worked for Prince Rupert of the Rhine (Palatinate)
  • Parijs 1641 - 1647
    Beck left England because of the war and went to the French court. It is not known how long he stayed there
  • Kopenhagen 1641 - 1647
    from Paris Beck moved on to the Danish court of Christian IV, where he stayed until 1647
  • Stockholm 1647 - 1656
    from 1647 until 1656 court painter of Christina of Sweden
  • Kopenhagen 1652
    in 1652 Beck spent 3 months at the Danish court, invited by Frederik III (Eller 1971, p. 419)
  • Gottorf 1652 - 1653
    as court painter of Christina of Sweden, he was sent to German courts to paint portraits of rulers for which they received Christina's portrait in return (Gerson 1942/1983, p. 207, cited from Houbraken); in May 1652 he is in Gottorf where he paints the portraits of Frederik III of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf and his daughter for which he gets a portrait medallion of the duke with nine diamonds.
  • Madrid (Spanje) 1647 - 1653
    Beck should have painted portraits for Christina of royals at the Spanish court, see Houbraken 1718-1721; Gerson 1942/1983, p. 529, but there are no such portraits known
  • Amsterdam 1652
    in 1652 Beck was for a short period of time in Amsterdam; he is there on 19 July and 1 September
  • Rome 1653
    member of the 'Bentvueghels' (Hoogewerff 1952, p. 107); also in Italy Beck painted portraits of local rulers for Queen Christina
  • Venetië
  • Rotterdam 1653
    in 1653 Beck gave valuable Italian paintings in custody to his father Hendrick Beck; draws and signs a portrait of Daniel de Kempenaer
  • Stockholm 1653 - 1654
    from Rome, Beck returned to Stockholm
  • Antwerpen 1654
    In 1654 Beck travelled with Queen Christina to Rome, via Antwerp and Brussels
  • Brussel 1654
    In 1654 Beck travelled with Christina to Rome, via Antwerp and Brussels
  • Rome 1654 - 1656
    from 1654 until 1656 Beck stayed with Queen Christina in Rome
  • Parijs 1656
    accompanied in 1656 Christina of Sweden on her trip to France; returned from Paris to the Netherlands (Saur 1994)
  • Den Haag 1656
    died in his house in The Hague; was buried in the Scottish Church in Rotterdam
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portrait
Medium/technique
oil paint
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Creation date: 1991-11-21; Last modified date: 2020-10-12

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