Henry William Beechey

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Sir Henry William Beechey (Burford, 1753 – Hampstead, 1839) was an English portrait-painter. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1772 and first exhibited there in 1776. In 1793, he became associate of the Royal Academy and named portrait painter to Queen Charlotte.

Between 1815 and 1822, Beechey traveled through Egypt with William John Bankes and associates, like Henry Salt, Giovanni Finati, Giovanni Belzoni, and Louis Maurice-Adolphe Linant de Bellefonds. Beechey was Giovanni Belzoni's secretary in this journey. They left an important Egyptologist collection and legacy (Some at the British Museum).

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Seti I, the British Museum.


Beechey painted the portraits of George III, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York, and other members of the English royal family, and of many of the most famous persons of the time, like Horatio Nelson.


Sir William Beechey is one of the many distinguished artists of the Early English school whose merits have not been sufficiently recognised... Sir William Beechey, observes a writer in one of the news-papers, "enriches the collection with several portraits in his most finished and animated manner. The Countess of Ormond, Lord Mulgrave, and his Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge are striking likenesses, but the whole are in his highest style of colouring." [1]


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