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Thomas Frye (circa 1710-1762), Painter

Sitter in 4 portraits
Artist associated with 43 portraits
Thomas Frye executed portraits in oil, pastel and mezzotint. The mezzotints for which Frye is chiefly remembered is this series of seventeen life-size heads, which he published in two series between 1760-1762. Although probably drawn from real life the engravings were issued without titles and, with the exception of Frye's self-portrait, are not presented as portraits but a series of 'fanciful heads' arranged in diverse poses. The second series (1761-1762), 'Ladies, very elegantly attired in the fashion, and in the most agreeable attitudes' demonstrate Frye's interest in fine costume and elegant jewellery.

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5471

Thomas Frye

by Thomas Frye
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1759
NPG 5471

196

Jeremy Bentham

studio of Thomas Frye
oil on canvas, 1760
NPG 196

D27682

James Daillon, Count de Lude

by Peter Pelham, after Thomas Frye
mezzotint, early to mid 18th century
NPG D27682

D8830

Thomas Wright

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1737
NPG D8830

D8831

Thomas Wright

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1737
NPG D8831

D11285

Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1741 (1734)
NPG D11285

D5063

Clement Lemprière

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Frye
mezzotint, 1745 (1735)
NPG D5063

D34413

Alexander Cruden

by Thomas Kitchin, after Thomas Frye
line engraving, circa 1750
NPG D34413

D2379

Thomas Frye

by Thomas Frye
etching, 1750s
NPG D2379

D3577

Richard Leveridge

by William Pether, after Thomas Frye
mezzotint, 1750s-1760s
NPG D3577

D4272

Hannah Snell

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Frye
mezzotint, 1750 or after
NPG D4272

D32254

Man wearing cloak

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1760
NPG D32254

D32255

Old man wearing velvet cap

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1760
NPG D32255

D11284

Thomas Frye

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1760
NPG D11284

D11289

Young man holding candlestick

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1760
NPG D11289

D11291

Man wearing cloak

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1760
NPG D11291

D11292

Man wearing turban

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1760
NPG D11292

D11293

Old man wearing velvet cap

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1760
NPG D11293

D11296

Man leaning on right elbow

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1760
NPG D11296