- Also known as
primary name: Becker, Ferdinand
other name: Becker, Edmund
- individual; painter/draughtsman; printmaker; British; Male
- Life dates
- fl. 1770s-1825
- 21 Brock Street, Bath in 1794
13 Gay Street, Bath in 1810
Green Park Buildings, Bath at death in 1825
- Landscape artist and drawing master and etcher. Not recorded in Thieme-Becker, but several notes on him in a typescript 'Index of Bath Artists', Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, as follows (from notes made by K. Sloan, early 1980s) with additional information provided by Cecilia Powell in 2010, 'Savage Grandeur',[added in square brackets] helps to build up a picture of one artist, who was once confused as two separate artists. Cecilia Powell has demonstrated that Edmund Becker who was supposed to have worked in Italy in the 1770s is the same artist as Ferdinand who worked in Bath from the 1790s:
[late 1770s, 'Edmund' Becker worked with Richard Cooper the Younger in Rome, producing detailed monochrome drawings of ancient buildings (CP believes he is actually Ferdinand); KS notes these were probably used as the inspiration for many of F Becker's 1821 series of etchings from nature in the BM]
[1793 - --- Becker, honorary exhibitor at RA, landscapes in crayons (CP)]
1794 'Mr. Becker having found out a new mode to facilitate the art of drawing and assist natural genius by blots gives lessons....also in landscape drawing..Exhibition of his works at his lodgings, 21 Brock Street, Bath'
1796 - note on his drawings of Cumberland subjects exhibited at his own premises in Bath this year
1798 - new examples of his landscape drawings are to be seen at 17 Queen Square, Bath
[1801 - Joseph Farington called on Becker in Bath who he stated had been born in Cologne, and was now working as a drawing master, charging half a guinea a lesson ('Diary' IV, 1481, 1484)(CP)]
1806 - presented to the Queen
[1808 - tour of Snowdonia, some drawings in Nat. Libr. Wales (CP), several with Abbott & Holder, Museum Street, in 2007 & 2009]
[1810 - exhibited two views of the Lake District at the British Institution, where initials mis-listed as E. Becker (CP)]
[1811 - twelve drawings from a tour of Wales from this year were with Abbott and Holder, Museum Street, in 2011 and others from the tour with same dealers in 2008]
1825 - died at his residence in the Green Park Buldings 'universally esteemed and lamented'
nd. - he was drawing master at Miss Lee's School, Belvedere House, Bath, twice a week during terms
Iolo Williams, Early English Watercolours (p. 240), discussed drawings by E. and/or F. Becker but was unaware of the above information about F's activities in Bath.
Two series of prints with English title plates, one after Ferdinand Kobell, the other dated 1821, a mixture of Italianate and Lake District scenes (60), were acquired by the Museum in 1866. Describes himself as "Esquire" on both title-plates.
- Typescript 'Index of Bath Artists', Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Cecilia Powell and Stephen Hebron, 'Savage Grandeur and Noblest Thoughts: Discovering the Lake District', exh. cat., Dove Cottage, Wordsworth Trust, 2010, p. 143 (latest biographical information)