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    Sale 7813

    Glin Castle - A Knight in Ireland

    7 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 119

    Thomas Frye (1710-1762)

    Life-size Heads: Young girl, facing and looking towards left, feather in front of hair, holding up a string of pearls with right hand; Woman directed to front, facing and looking towards left, lace cap, flower and jewels, earing, necklace, left hand holding up mantle; Man, directed to front, facing and looking towards left, turban, right hand raised; and Young woman, facing and looking slightly to right, dark hat and mantle, necklace, right hand holding fan, left hand to cheek

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    Thomas Frye (1710-1762)
    Life-size Heads: Young girl, facing and looking towards left, feather in front of hair, holding up a string of pearls with right hand; Woman directed to front, facing and looking towards left, lace cap, flower and jewels, earing, necklace, left hand holding up mantle; Man, directed to front, facing and looking towards left, turban, right hand raised; and Young woman, facing and looking slightly to right, dark hat and mantle, necklace, right hand holding fan, left hand to cheek
    mezzotints, on laid paper, published by T. Frye, 1760 and 1761
    P. 19 7/8 x 14in. (50.5 x 35.5cm.) (4)


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    Pre-Lot Text

    Thomas Frye (1710-1762) is best known today for his fine mezzotints and for his involvement in the establishment of the Bow porcelain factory in Essex. Born in Dublin, he moved to London circa 1734 and by 1736 he had already established a reputation for himself as one of the most talented portraitists in London, which was reflected in the commission he received from The Saddlers' Company to portray, in full-length, Frederick, Prince of Wales.

    Frye's greatest contribution to the print market was a large series of seventeen life-size portrait heads, engraved after his own works. Published in 1760-2 these prints titled 'Heads' were influential on the early paintings of Joseph Wright of Derby.


    Literature

    Chaloner Smith 10,13,18,20