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Beschey, Balthazarlocked

(b Antwerp, bapt Nov 20, 1708; d Antwerp, April 17, 1776).
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Flemish painter and art dealer. Beschey was taught by Peter Strick; he joined the Guild of St Luke in Antwerp in 1753 and was elected its dean for the financial year 1755–6. In 1754 he was made director of the Antwerp academy, which then had no fewer than five of the Beschey family among its members. Using his influential position at the academy, Beschey sought to revive traditional practices through the study of Rubens. Among his pupils were ...

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U. Thieme and F. Becker, eds: Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, 37 vols (Leipzig, 1907–50) [see also Meissner above]