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Title

Head of a woman

1761

Artist

Thomas Frye

Ireland, England

1710 – 1762

  • Details

    Date
    1761
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    mezzotint
    Dimensions
    50.5 x 35.4 cm
    Credit
    Gift of C. John Keightley 1978
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    225.1978.1
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Thomas Frye

    Works in the collection

    3

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    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.

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