Joseph van Aken

(c. 1699—1749) drapery painter and painter of genre and conversation pieces

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(b ?Antwerp, c.1699; d London, 4 July 1749). Flemish-born painter who settled in London around 1720, and in the 1730s and 1740s became the leading specialist drapery painter of his day, working for numerous portraitists, notably Hudson and Ramsay, who were his executors. He also painted some genre scenes and conversation pieces. His younger brother Alexander (d 1757) was his assistant and also made mezzotints. Arnold van Aken (d 1736), a painter and engraver, is presumed to have been another brother. Almost nothing is known of him. The family name was also spelled ‘Haecken’.

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