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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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Thomas Frye, by Thomas Frye - NPG 5471

Thomas Frye

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

Thomas Frye, by Thomas Frye - NPG D11284

Thomas Frye

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1760
NPG D11284


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