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An image of Maria Gunning, Countess of Coventry by Thomas Frye

Thomas Frye

(Ireland, England 1710 – 1762)

Title
Maria Gunning, Countess of Coventry
Year
1761
Media category
Print
Materials used
mezzotint
Dimensions

50.5 x 35.4 cm

Credit
Purchased 1978
Accession number
225.1978.3
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Exhibition history (1)

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006