[Young woman in profile]
Hatton Garden 1760
Mezzotint, platemark 505 x 355mm, 20 x 14". Glue stains in margins.
Young woman wearing cap with black ribbon round it, necklace, left hand holding ermine-lined mantle. From the first series of life-sized heads by Thomas Frye (1710-1762). Frye was involved in a wide variety of artistic activities, including oils, mezzotint prints, crayons (also called pastels), 'plumbago' portraits (small drawings in graphite on vellum), miniatures in watercolour on ivory, enamels and even oil 'miniatures' painted on metal. He was also a founder partner and first manager of the Bow porcelain 'manufactory' in London. He devoted so much time to the factory that he became ill in 1759 and had to go to Wales for his health; unfortunately the factory did not survive his absence. As a result of this activity miniatures on ivory by Frye are rare. Frye had some important commissions as a portrait painter in oil - Frederick , Prince of Wales sat to Frye for an oil portrait for the Saddlers' Company. He was also particularly famous for his striking mezzotints, such as this item. Frye died of consumption in 1762.
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