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.
All paintings by this artist on the BBC Your Paintings website
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