Anthony Beek, a Dutch painter, was born in 1882 in Edam and he died in 1954. He was a member of the 'Kunstvereeniging Gerard Dou'. He enjoyed his first lessons in painting in Amsterdam. He then continued his studies at the Academy for Visual Arts in Paris. His first monumental paintings 'De Kevelaar','Kerkgang bij avond', the 'Nachtwacht van Edam' and 'St. Maartenfeest' were discovered by the Dutch painter D.B. Nanninga, who introduced him to Meijer W. Goudeket's art firm (1903-1943) in Amsterdam. The young artist then continiously painted for this internationally active firm. Anthony Beek's specialty was interpreting the colors of old masters such as Rembrandt and Gerard Dou. Anthony Beek married the famous American watercolor artist Alice Dow Engley. The artistic couple took their art around the world. With great success they organised some exhibitions, in which painters of reputation participated, including the famous Thérèse Schwartze (1851-1918), Lizzy Ansingh (1875-1959), Arthur Briët (1867-1939) and W.A. Cut (1883-1967).