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Title

Maria Gunning, Countess of Coventry

1761


Artist

Thomas Frye

Ireland, England

1710 - 1762


About

Frye appears to have ignored the convention of keeping a polite distance between the artist and sitter. His mezzotints of life-size heads are remarkable for their use of close-up viewpoint, large scale, dramatic lighting. They are also unusual for their time being both executed and designed by the same hand. The painter, Joseph Wright of Derby, was so impressed with Frye's prints that he based a number of the figures in his paintings on them.


Details


Date

1761


Media category

Print


Materials used

mezzotint


Dimensions

50.5 x 35.4 cm


Credit

Purchased 1978


Location

Not on display


Accession number

225.1978.3


Artist information

Thomas Frye

Works in the collection

3


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history