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    Sale 5430

    Old Master & British Pictures

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 51

    Thomas Frye (Dublin c.1710-1762 London)

    Portrait of Henry Crispe of Catton (b.1687), bust-length, in a blue velvet coat and gold embroidered waist-coat, in a feigned oval

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    Thomas Frye (Dublin c.1710-1762 London)
    Portrait of Henry Crispe of Catton (b.1687), bust-length, in a blue velvet coat and gold embroidered waist-coat, in a feigned oval
    with inscription 'ATATE 1754 HENRY GISPE [sic.] ESQ. of the CUSTOMS HOUSE - LONDON Eldest son of HEN. Gispe [sic.] A.M. BORN AT COTTON [sic] 26 SEPT 1687 HE MARRY'D MARY RELICT of Lewin Chalmley Esq. SHE DYED 30 DEC. 1745 FRY pinx.' (on the stretcher, presumably after the original inscription and signature on the reverse of the original canvas)
    oil on canvas
    30 x 25 in. (76.3 x 63.5 cm.)


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    Catton is a village and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England, and is situated between Thirsk and Ripon, on the River Swale. Thomas Frye was well established as a portraitist in England after he came to London from Dublin in 1735, quickly establishing a significant reputation for himself. Notably, at least seven other portraits of the Crispe family were painted by Frye, presumbaly commissioned by Henry Crispe.

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    Provenance

    By descent to the Bowker family of Eglands House, Honiton, Exeter, and thence by descent to the present owner.