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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

D2379

Thomas Frye

by Thomas Frye
etching, 1750s
NPG D2379

D11284

Thomas Frye

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1760
NPG D11284

D12033

Thomas Frye

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, 1760
NPG D12033