Search the Collection

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.

List Thumbnail

Thomas Frye, by Thomas Frye - NPG 5471

Thomas Frye

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

Jeremy Bentham, studio of Thomas Frye - NPG 196

Jeremy Bentham

studio of Thomas Frye
oil on canvas, 1760
NPG 196

James Daillon, Count de Lude, by Peter Pelham, after  Thomas Frye - NPG D27682

James Daillon, Count de Lude

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

Thomas Wright, by Thomas Frye - NPG D8830

Thomas Wright

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1737
NPG D8830

Thomas Wright, by Thomas Frye - NPG D8831

Thomas Wright

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1737
NPG D8831

Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales, by Thomas Frye - NPG D11285

Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales

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

Clement Lemprière, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Frye - NPG D5063

Clement Lemprière

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

Alexander Cruden, by Thomas Kitchin, after  Thomas Frye - NPG D34413

Alexander Cruden

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

Thomas Frye, by Thomas Frye - NPG D2379

Thomas Frye

by Thomas Frye
etching, 1750s
NPG D2379

Richard Leveridge, by William Pether, after  Thomas Frye - NPG D3577

Richard Leveridge

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

Hannah Snell, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Frye - NPG D4272

Hannah Snell

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

Man wearing cloak, by Thomas Frye - NPG D32254

Man wearing cloak

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1760
NPG D32254

Old man wearing velvet cap, by Thomas Frye - NPG D32255

Old man wearing velvet cap

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1760
NPG D32255

Thomas Frye, by Thomas Frye - NPG D11284

Thomas Frye

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1760
NPG D11284

Young man holding candlestick, by Thomas Frye - NPG D11289

Young man holding candlestick

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1760
NPG D11289

Man wearing turban, by Thomas Frye - NPG D11292

Man wearing turban

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1760
NPG D11292

Old man wearing velvet cap, by Thomas Frye - NPG D11293

Old man wearing velvet cap

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1760
NPG D11293

Man leaning on right elbow, by Thomas Frye - NPG D11296

Man leaning on right elbow

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1760
NPG D11296

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.