JOSEPH VAN AKEN (also Vanhaecken) ? 1699–1749
Portrait, genre and drapery painter. Came to London from Antwerp with his brother Alexander (1701–57), and possibly an older brother Arnold (d.1735/6), c.1720. Painted drapery for most of London's art establishment, particularly Hudson and Ramsay. Lived at Southampton Row, Bloomsbury (as stated in the catalogue of his sale at Langford's, 11 February 1750), where he died on 4 July 1749, according to Vertue aged about fifty and having spent over thirty years in England.
Elizabeth Einberg and Judy Egerton, The Age of Hogarth: British Painters Born 1675-1709, Tate Gallery Collections, II, London 1988