studio of Thomas Frye
oil on canvas, 1760
71 1/8 in. x 47 1/2 in. (1805 mm x 1205 mm)
Given by Sir John Bowring, 1865
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Artistback to top
- Thomas Frye (circa 1710-1762), Painter. Artist associated with 43 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait shows Bentham at the age of about thirteen, by which time he had already been admitted to Oxford University. He was to become the youngest man ever to graduate. The boy's precocious talents are alluded to through the university robe he wears, and the verses on the table, which he had written on the accession of King George III.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 49
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 50