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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.