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b. 1710 - d. 1762

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      • THOMAS FRYE (ANGLO-IRISH 1710-1762), PORTRAIT OF A LADY
        Feb. 21, 2024

        THOMAS FRYE (ANGLO-IRISH 1710-1762), PORTRAIT OF A LADY

        Est: £15,000 - £25,000

        THOMAS FRYE (ANGLO-IRISH 1710-1762) PORTRAIT OF A LADYOil on canvas, feigned ovalSigned and dated `1755' (lower right)75 x 61cm (29½ x 24 in.)In an elaborate Rococo frame Thomas Frye was an Irish portrait painter. As a boy in Ireland he was influenced by artists such as Rosalba Carrera. In 1735, he travelled to London with Herbert Stoppelaer (active 1730 - 1775). There he studied under John Brooks of Battersea Enamel Factory. During his career Frye painted the portraits of many members of London society including Jeremy Bentham (1760), and Henry Crispe of the Custom House (1746), as well as for royalty with his later portraits showing the influence of Hogarth, including Frederick, Prince of Wales in Garter Robes (1741). The present lot was painted in 1755, a relatively late work for the artist. In 1744 Frye took out a patent for the manufacture of artificial soft-paste porcelain, which by 1749, had received the backing of the Peers family and was in full production at the Bow Porcelain Factory. By 1759 however, the prolonged exposure to the environment of the factory furnaces had taken its toll on Frye's health. He died of consumption in 1762.

        Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
      • Sixteen Portraits
        Jan. 30, 2024

        Sixteen Portraits

        Est: $25,000 - $35,000

        Thomas Frye c. 1710 - 1762 Life-Sized Heads, and Ladies, Very Elegantly Attired in the Fashion: Sixteen Portraits mezzotints on laid paper plates approx.: 19⅞ by 14 in. (50.5 by 35.8 mm. cm.) published circa 1760 Framed (16 prints)

        Sotheby's
      • THOMAS FRYE Ipse (Self).
        Nov. 02, 2023

        THOMAS FRYE Ipse (Self).

        Est: $2,500 - $3,500

        THOMAS FRYE Ipse (Self). Mezzotint, 1760. 475x350 mm; 18 3/4x13 3/4 inches, full margins. Second state (of 2), with the text. Published by the artist, London. From Life-Sized Heads. A very good impression of this scarce mezzotint. We have found only three other impressions at auction in the past 30 years. Frye (circa 1710-1762) was an Anglo-Irish artist, best known for his portraits in oil and pastel, including some miniatures as well as mezzotint engravings. Born in Ireland, he apprenticed as an artist in London during the 1720s and remained there through much of his career. He was also an early entrepreneur, patentee and manufacterer of English porcelain as the co-founder of the Bow Porcelain Factory in London in the mid-1700s. Chaloner Smith 6; Russell 6.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • Tableaux FRYE Thomas (1710 - 1762) Deux huiles sur toile marouflées s
        Sep. 13, 2023

        Tableaux FRYE Thomas (1710 - 1762) Deux huiles sur toile marouflées s

        Est: €2,000 - €3,000

        Tableaux FRYE Thomas (1710 - 1762) Deux huiles sur toile marouflées sur toile "Portraits de gentlemans". Par Thomas Frye. Ecole anglo-irlandaise. Epoque: XVIIIème. Provenance: œuvres achetées en Angleterre vers 1970. Dim.:+/-64,5x54cm.

        Vanderkindere
      • Frye, Thomas: Bildnis einer jungen Dame mit Perlenschmuck im profil nach links
        Nov. 30, 2022

        Frye, Thomas: Bildnis einer jungen Dame mit Perlenschmuck im profil nach links

        Est: €500 - €750

        Bildnis einer jungen Dame mit Perlenschmuck und Spitzenhalsband, im Profil nach links. Schabkunstblatt. 50,3 x 35,3 cm. 1761. Chaloner Smith 23. Wz. Kreis mit Initialen. -- -- Aus der Folge "Ladies, very elegantly attired in the fashion, and in the most agreeable attitudes". Ausgezeichneter, leicht grauer Abzug mit schmalem Rand um die Plattenkante. Minimal angestaubt und fleckig, ausgebesserte Randläsuren, links unten oberhalb der Hand geschlossener Randeinriss, dort sowie vornehmlich im Hintergrund mit vereinzelten kleinen Federretuschen, oben kaschierter Fleck, weitere Alters- und Handhabungsspuren, sonst im Gesamteindruck noch gut. -- -- - Wir bitten darum, Zustandsberichte zu den Losen zu erfragen, da der Erhaltungszustand nur in Ausnahmefällen im Katalog angegeben ist. -- - Please ask for condition reports for individual lots, as the condition is usually not mentioned in the catalogue.

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      • THOMAS FRYE (c.1710-1762) Portrait of Thomas Fane, 8th Earl of Westmorland, of Brympton D’Evercy in Somerset (1701-1771), three-quarter length Oil on unlined canvas, and contained in its fine original carved and gilded frame, 127 x 102cm (50 x 40¼”
        Oct. 18, 2022

        THOMAS FRYE (c.1710-1762) Portrait of Thomas Fane, 8th Earl of Westmorland, of Brympton D’Evercy in Somerset (1701-1771), three-quarter length Oil on unlined canvas, and contained in its fine original carved and gilded frame, 127 x 102cm (50 x 40¼”

        Est: €10,000 - €15,000

        THOMAS FRYE (c.1710-1762) Portrait of Thomas Fane, 8th Earl of Westmorland, of Brympton D’Evercy in Somerset (1701-1771), three-quarter length Oil on unlined canvas, and contained in its fine original carved and gilded frame, 127 x 102cm (50 x 40¼”) Provenance: By descent at Brympton D’Evercy, Somerset, to Lady Georgiana Fane (1801-1874); her nephew the Hon. Spencer Ponsonby-Fane (d. 1915), younger son of the 4th Earl of Bessborough, and thence in the Clive-Ponsonby-Fane collection until the contents were largely dispersed in 1956; Private Collection Thomas Frye, from Edenderry, County Offaly, was the most extraordinarily inventive of Irish Georgian artists, and arguably the most underappreciated – at home at least. His achievements are better appreciated internationally, indeed Martin Postle argues that he is one of the ‘most intriguing and original artists to have emerged in Britain during the eighteenth century’. His activities straddled the dividing lines between the fine, graphic and applied arts – just at the moment when specialisation was becoming the norm. As his epitaph noted he was the ‘inventor and first manufacturer of porcelain in England’ at his factory in Bow, east of London, while, as Josiah Wedgwood put it, in 1769 he was ‘famous for doing heads in mezzotinto’, and his prints (‘dazzlingly innovative’, in Toby Barnard’s phrase) are among the most sought-after of all mezzotints. However, he was first and foremost a portrait painter, and he had enjoyed great success in the profession since winning a commission to paint a full-length state portrait of Fredrick, Prince of Wales for the Saddlers’s Company in the City of London in November 1736. As his epitaph noted: ‘No one was more happy in delineating the human countenance, He had the correctness of Van Dyke, & the colouring of Rubens’. Even Ellis Waterhouse who is generally grudging in his praise of Irish artists noted that Frye was ‘one of the most original and least standardised portrait painters of his generation’. Frye’s career in London exemplifies the period’s incipient globalization – of materials and motifs. He attempted to emulate Chinese porcelain technology with, it seems, clay imported from North America, while his pioneering production of mezzotint scraping imitated, quite openly, the work of the Venetian painter and printmaker Giovanni Battista Piazzetta. Reciprocally, Frye was directly influential on artists of rather greater reputation than his own. John Singleton Copley, as a young man in Boston (where Bow porcelain was advertised as being for sale), copied Frye’s mezzotint heads, while some of Wright of Derby’s most famous – and paradoxically innovative – works have been shown to quote almost verbatim from the same series. The portrait depicts Thomas Fane (1701-1771), the second son of Henry Fane of Brympton d'Evercy in Somerset (fig. 1), a manor house often described as the prettiest in England. In 1757 Fane succeeded his unmarried elder brother Francis to their father's Brympton estate and in 1762 inherited the title of Earl of Westmoreland, and the seat at Apethorpe Hall, in Northamptonshire from John Fane, 7th Earl of Westmorland, his father's childless second-cousin – and one of Marlborough’s most distinguished officers. It was for the sitter’s grandson, John, the 10th Earl, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland between 1789 and 1794, that Westmorland Street in Dublin was named. In another historical twist, in 1762 Thomas’s daughter Mary, married Charles Blair, a wealthy owner of plantations in Jamaica, who was the great-great grandfather of Eric Arthur Blair, better known to history as George Orwell, making Frye’s sitter here Orwell’s great-great-great grandfather. An instructive comparison can be made between the present portrait, which dates from about 1740 and a later portrait of the same sitter by Sir Joshua Reynolds (fig. 2), especially interesting as we know that Frye was on very cordial terms with the younger artist. Reynolds’s full length dates from 1761 and hence shows the sitter as noticeably older but recognisably the same, genial and rather bluff individual. Perhaps helping to date the work, and certainly indicative of Frye’s studio practice, the hands, particularly that resting on his hip, are almost identically positioned in his 1739 portrait of Sir Charles Kemeys-Tynte (fig. 3) (National Gallery of Ireland). No doubt a shared preparatory drawing was reused, rather than the artist trying his sitters’ patience by depicting their hands individually.

        Adam's
      • Thomas Frye (1710-1762)
        Sep. 22, 2022

        Thomas Frye (1710-1762)

        Est: £2,500 - £3,500

        Thomas Frye (1710-1762) Twelve Life-Sized Heads: Thomas Frye Self-portrait (Ipse); Young woman wearing dark hat and holding a closed fan; Young man holding candlestick; Man wearing cloak; Man wearing turban; Old man wearing velvet cap; Man leaning on right elbow; Young man with book and candlestick; Old woman leaning on crutch; Young woman with cap and necklace; Young girl wearing feather in her hair; Man wearing turban, leaning on book mezzotints on laid paper, published Hatton Garden, London, 1760 52.5 x 38.5cm paper laid on linen and stretches time and water staining to all with some slight worm holes mainly confined to margins of Man wearing turban and Man wearing turban, leaning on book, tear and some loss to candle stick and left of candlestick to Young man holding candlestick; Man wearing turban, leaning on book not laid on linen and stretcher

        Cheffins
      • Mezzotints.- Frye (Thomas) Two portraits, from: Life-sized Heads, 1760; and Frye's mezzotint portrait of 'Her Most Excellent Majesty Charlotte, Queen of Great Britain', 1762 (3)
        May. 05, 2022

        Mezzotints.- Frye (Thomas) Two portraits, from: Life-sized Heads, 1760; and Frye's mezzotint portrait of 'Her Most Excellent Majesty Charlotte, Queen of Great Britain', 1762 (3)

        Est: £200 - £300

        Mezzotints.- Frye (Thomas) Two portraits, from: Life-sized Heads, both male sitters with hands to their chins, mezzotints on laid papers, each sheet approx. 485 x 345 mm (19 x 13 1/2 in), trimmed within the platemarks, signs of having previously been affixed to linen or canvas verso, several repaired tears and losses to both, signs of damp-stains and surface dirt, unframed, 1760; and with Frye's portrait Her Most Excellent Majesty Charlotte, Queen of Great Britain, mezzotint with engraving, on laid paper with text-based watermark, platemark 500 x 350 mm (19 3/4 x 13 3/4 in), sheet 625 x 460 mm (24 1/2 x 18 in), old folds, handling creases, signs of water damage to left section, surface dirt, unframed, May 24th 1762 (3) Literature: Chaloner Smith 1, 14, and 17

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      • THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762) Her Most Excellent Majesty Charlotte Queen of Great Britain circa 1762 glass colour print from original mezz...
        Mar. 29, 2022

        THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762) Her Most Excellent Majesty Charlotte Queen of Great Britain circa 1762 glass colour print from original mezz...

        Est: $1,000 - $1,200

        THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762) Her Most Excellent Majesty Charlotte Queen of Great Britain circa 1762 glass colour print from original mezzotint signed lower left: FRYE pinx. titled lower centre: Her Most Excellent Majesty CHARLOTTE Queen of Great Britain. Sc. / PRINTED FOR JOHN BOWLES AT THE BLACK HORFE IN CORNHIL, AND CARINGTON BOWLES IN ST PAULS CHURCH YARD. LONDON. 35.5 x 25cm (42 x 32cm framed) OTHER NOTES: Glass prints were popular from the late seventeenth century to the early nineteenth century. They were produced by first adhering a mezzotint print face down to a sheet of glass with varnish. Then the verso of the print was abraded all over to a very thin layer. The altered support was then painted in from behind with watercolour or oil paint. Another example of this glass print is housed in the Winterthur Museum Collection, Delaware, USA.

        Leonard Joel
      • WILLIAM THOMAS FRYE (1711/12-1762) Self Portrait, from Life-Sized Heads 1760 mezzotint
        Mar. 29, 2022

        WILLIAM THOMAS FRYE (1711/12-1762) Self Portrait, from Life-Sized Heads 1760 mezzotint

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        WILLIAM THOMAS FRYE (1711/12-1762) Self Portrait, from Life-Sized Heads 1760 mezzotint Inscribed on the image: TF [monogram] / Ipse Inscribed on plate lower left: T. Frye Pictor Invt & Sculp Inscribed on plate lower right: Hatton Garden 1760 Sheet 51.5 x 37cm, plate 50 x 34.5cm (76.5 x 61cm framed) OTHER NOTES: Painter, print-maker and one of earliest porcelain manufacturers in Britain, Dublin-born artist William Thomas Frye is best known for his series of life-size heads, 'Fancy Heads…Drawn from Nature and as Large as Life', published in two series between 1760 and 1762. The mezzotints are notable for their skilful execution, fanciful costumes and striking poses likely inspired by the weekly plays in London and masquerades held in pleasure gardens. In the mid-18th century, these prints were costly, sold as limited editions, and were considered elegant decorations for houses of the elite. With the exception of this self-portrait, the other works in the series were issued without titles and are considered to be imagined subjects rather than identifiable sitters. Other editions of this mezzotint are held in the National Portrait Gallery, London and The Royal Collection Trust, UK.

        Leonard Joel
      • Frye, Thomas: Bildnis einer jungen Dame mit Spitzenhaube
        Dec. 01, 2021

        Frye, Thomas: Bildnis einer jungen Dame mit Spitzenhaube

        Est: €1,200 - €1,800

        Bildnis einer jungen Dame mit birnenförmigem Perlenohrring, Spitzenhaube und Halsband mit Schleife, mit der Rechten den Hermelinpelzkragen fassend. Schabkunstblatt. 50,7 x 35,9 cm. 1762. Chaloner Smith 24. Wz. Traube im Kreis mit Nebenmarke Schriftband. Prachtvoller, samtener Abzug mit schmalem Rand um die teils gratig zeichnende Plattenkante. Verso schwache Mittelfalte, geringe Alters- und Gebrauchsspuren, geschlossener kurzer Randeinriss oben links, die untere linke Eckenspitze ergänzt, entlang der Plattenkante zarte Knickspur, sonst sehr schön erhalten. - Wir bitten darum, Zustandsberichte zu den Losen zu erfragen, da der Erhaltungszustand nur in Ausnahmefällen im Katalog angegeben ist. - Please ask for condition reports for individual lots, as the condition is usually not mentioned in the catalogue.

        Galerie Bassenge
      • Frye, Thomas: Bildnis einer jungen Dame mit Perlenschmuck im profil nach links
        Dec. 01, 2021

        Frye, Thomas: Bildnis einer jungen Dame mit Perlenschmuck im profil nach links

        Est: €700 - €900

        Bildnis einer jungen Dame mit Perlenschmuck und Spitzenhalsband, im Profil nach links. Schabkunstblatt. 50,3 x 35,3 cm. 1761. Chaloner Smith 23. Wz. Kreis mit Initialen. Wie auch die folgende Losnummer aus der Folge "Ladies, very elegantly attired in the fashion, and in the most agreeable attitudes". Ausgezeichneter, leicht grauer Abzug mit schmalem Rand um die Plattenkante. Minimal angestaubt und fleckig, ausgebesserte Randläsuren, links unten oberhalb der Hand geschlossener Randeinriss, dort sowie vornehmlich im Hintergrund mit vereinzelten kleinen Federretuschen, oben kaschierter Fleck, weitere Alters- und Handhabungsspuren, sonst im Gesamteindruck noch gut. - Wir bitten darum, Zustandsberichte zu den Losen zu erfragen, da der Erhaltungszustand nur in Ausnahmefällen im Katalog angegeben ist. - Please ask for condition reports for individual lots, as the condition is usually not mentioned in the catalogue.

        Galerie Bassenge
      • Frye, Thomas: Bildnis eines jungen Mannes
        Dec. 01, 2021

        Frye, Thomas: Bildnis eines jungen Mannes

        Est: €1,200 - €1,800

        Bildnis eines jungen Mannes, mit einem aufgeschlagenen Buch im Kerzenschein. Schabkunstblatt. 50,1 x 35,1 cm. 1760. Chaloner Smith 11. Wz. Bandenwappen mit Schriftzug. Aus der 18-teiligen Folge "Life-sized Heads". Ausgezeichneter Druck mit schmalem Rand um die Plattenkante. Vornehmlich verso fleckig, die obere rechte Eckenspitze ergänzt, winzige teils geschlossene (Nadel-) Löchlein, weitere geringe Gebrauchsspuren, sonst gleichwohl noch gut. - Wir bitten darum, Zustandsberichte zu den Losen zu erfragen, da der Erhaltungszustand nur in Ausnahmefällen im Katalog angegeben ist. - Please ask for condition reports for individual lots, as the condition is usually not mentioned in the catalogue.

        Galerie Bassenge
      • THOMAS FRYE (1710 Edenderry - 1762)
        Nov. 28, 2021

        THOMAS FRYE (1710 Edenderry - 1762)

        Est: -

        2 Mezzotintoradierungen (koloriert), ¨Fancy Heads¨ (1761), jeweils unten rechts im Druck bezeichnet und datiert, je ca. 51x35,5cm (in Passepartout), gerahmt (67,5x57,5cm), beide (stock-)fleckig, Papier leicht gewellt

        Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG
      • Frye (Thomas) Portrait of an elderly lady holding cane, from: 'Ladies, very elegantly attired in the fashion, and in the most agreeable attitudes', mezzotint, 1760.
        Nov. 25, 2021

        Frye (Thomas) Portrait of an elderly lady holding cane, from: 'Ladies, very elegantly attired in the fashion, and in the most agreeable attitudes', mezzotint, 1760.

        Est: £800 - £1,200

        Frye (Thomas, portrait painter, mezzotinter and porcelain manufacturer, c. 1710-1762) Portrait of an elderly lady holding cane, from: 'Ladies, very elegantly attired in the fashion, and in the most agreeable attitudes', traditionally thought to be a portrait of the artist's wife, mezzotint, an excellent richly inked impression, with burr to the first letters in the lettered margin, on laid paper with small armorial watermark, platemark 505 x 350 mm (19 3/4 x 13 3/4 in), sheet 520 x 370 mm (20 1/2 x 14 1/2 in), hinged with tabs into mount, small marginal split in the upper centre, minor surface dirt, unframed, 1760. Literature: Chaloner Smith 15

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      • Frye (Thomas) A fashionable lady, from: 'Ladies, very elegantly attired in the fashion, and in the most agreeable attitudes', mezzotint, 1761.
        Nov. 25, 2021

        Frye (Thomas) A fashionable lady, from: 'Ladies, very elegantly attired in the fashion, and in the most agreeable attitudes', mezzotint, 1761.

        Est: £1,000 - £1,500

        Frye (Thomas, portrait painter, mezzotinter and porcelain manufacturer, c. 1710-1762) A fashionable lady, from: 'Ladies, very elegantly attired in the fashion, and in the most agreeable attitudes', mezzotint, an excellent richly inked impression, on laid paper with indistinct text-based watermark and countermark of a Strasbourg lily, platemark 500 x 350 mm (19 3/4 x 13 3/4 in), sheet 520 x 370 mm (20 1/2 x 14 1/2 in), under glass, hinged with tabs onto mount support, faint crease to lower left corner, other minor handling creases, marginal surface dirt and browning, framed in 18th century-style black frame with sand gilt slip, 1761. Literature: Chaloner Smith 23

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      • Thomas Frye
        Oct. 23, 2021

        Thomas Frye

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        (Irish, 1710-1762) Elizabeth Gunning, Duchess of Argyll and Maria Gunning, Countess of Coventry (CS 20, 21) , from Ladies, very elegantly attired in the fashion, and in the most agreeable attitudes, London 1761-62. "T, Frye 1761.", mezzotints on laid paper, plates 19-3/4 x 13-5/8 in.; matching early 20th century parcel painted and gilt wood frames, 23-1/8 x 17 in. Literature: Smith, John Chaloner. British Mezzotinto Portraits: Being a Descriptive Catalogue of These Engravings from the Introduction of the Art to the Early Part of the Present Century.., London: H. Sotheran, 1884, Volume 2, pg. 521, nos. 20, 21 (accompanied by a facsimile of the page entry for each).

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      • WILLIAM THOMAS FRYE (1711/12-1762) Self Portrait, from Life-Sized Heads 1760 mezzotint
        Sep. 21, 2021

        WILLIAM THOMAS FRYE (1711/12-1762) Self Portrait, from Life-Sized Heads 1760 mezzotint

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        WILLIAM THOMAS FRYE (1711/12-1762) Self Portrait, from Life-Sized Heads 1760 mezzotint Inscribed on the image: TF [monogram] / Ipse Inscribed on plate lower left: T. Frye Pictor Invt & Sculp Inscribed on plate lower right: Hatton Garden 1760 Sheet 51.5 x 37cm, plate 50 x 34.5cm (76.5 x 61cm framed) OTHER NOTES: Painter, print-maker and one of earliest porcelain manufacturers in Britain, Dublin-born artist William Thomas Frye is best known for his series of life-size heads, 'Fancy Heads…Drawn from Nature and as Large as Life', published in two series between 1760 and 1762. The mezzotints are notable for their skilful execution, fanciful costumes and striking poses likely inspired by the weekly plays in London and masquerades held in pleasure gardens. In the mid-18th century, these prints were costly, sold as limited editions, and were considered elegant decorations for houses of the elite. With the exception of this self-portrait, the other works in the series were issued without titles and are considered to be imagined subjects rather than identifiable sitters. Other editions of this mezzotint are held in the National Portrait Gallery, London and The Royal Collection Trust, UK.

        Leonard Joel
      • THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762) Portrait of an Elderly Gentleman in Brown Velvet Jacket Oil on canvas, 75 x 62cm Signed, dated 1745 and inscribed 'Aged 88' Provenance: With Gimbel Brothers, New York; Sale, Sotheby's New York, 17th January 1991, Lot no.
        Sep. 07, 2021

        THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762) Portrait of an Elderly Gentleman in Brown Velvet Jacket Oil on canvas, 75 x 62cm Signed, dated 1745 and inscribed 'Aged 88' Provenance: With Gimbel Brothers, New York; Sale, Sotheby's New York, 17th January 1991, Lot no.

        Est: €5,000 - €8,000

        THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762) Portrait of an Elderly Gentleman in Brown Velvet Jacket Oil on canvas, 75 x 62cm Signed, dated 1745 and inscribed 'Aged 88' Provenance: With Gimbel Brothers, New York; Sale, Sotheby's New York, 17th January 1991, Lot no. 124, where purchased. Born in Edenderry, Co. Offaly into an Anglo-Irish family, he went as a young man to London where he commenced painting portraits in oils, pastel, charcoal and in miniature. Frye’s big break came with the commission from the Hall of the Saddlers, Cheapside in London to paint a full-length portrait of Frederick, Prince of Wales. This important work brought the young artist a great deal of attention and was the catalyst for a successful practice as a portrait painter. He developed a close and life-long friendship with Sir Joshua Reynolds. Described by Walter Strickland as a clever and versatile artist, in 1744 he became interested in a project for making porcelain and with Edward Heyleyn developed the Bow factory. Frye became manager and for a period of fifteen years devoted virtually all his time and energy to the creation of porcelain of distinction. However, he was forced in 1759 to withdraw from the management of the business due to ill-health and resumed his portraiture practice. Frye’s artistic legacy also includes the development of the mezzotint into an artform in itself - a printmaking process which enabled half-tones to be produced without using line or dot-based techniques, achieving tonality with a high level of quality and richness which was particularly useful in the production of portraits. In the 18th century the mezzotint was viewed largely as a reproductive process slavishly copying the fashionable portraits of the day. However, Frye was using mezzotint as a form of artistic expression in itself, his head series of portraits were conceived as mezzotints, executed as mezzotints, as original works of art and so from an 18th century point of view his approach was completely unique.

        Adam's
      • Thomas Frye (Irish 1710-1762), Portrait of a Gentleman, seated three-quarter-length, at a table
        May. 27, 2021

        Thomas Frye (Irish 1710-1762), Portrait of a Gentleman, seated three-quarter-length, at a table

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        Thomas Frye (Irish 1710-1762)Portrait of a Gentleman, seated three-quarter-length, at a table Oil on canvas125 x 104cm (49 x 40¾ in.)Original 18th century carved and gilded frame. Provenance:Sale, Christie's, London, 19 June 2012, lot 100 The Irish-born Thomas Frye was one of the most original artists and designers of the 18th century. He engraved a celebrated series of life-size heads in mezzotint as well as being the founder and manager of the Bow porcelain factory in East London where he designed many of the early figures. Ill-health from the factory caused him to retire to Wales in 1759 when he took up oil painting again, from when this portrait likely dates.

        Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
      • Frye, Thomas: Junges Mädchen im Profil nach rechts, mit Spitzenhaube
        Nov. 25, 2020

        Frye, Thomas: Junges Mädchen im Profil nach rechts, mit Spitzenhaube

        Est: €400 - €600

        Junges Mädchen im Profil nach rechts, mit Spitzenhaube und hermelinverbrämtem Samtmantel. Schabkunstblatt. 50,6 x 35,3 cm. 1760. Chaloner-Smith 12. Wz. Bandenwapppen mit Lilie darübe rund Nebenmarke Schriftzug. Ganz ausgezeichneter Druck mit schmalem Rand um die Facette. Etwas gebräunt, nur leichte Knick- und Knitterspuren, rechts diagonale Knickfalte, unten kurzer geschlossener Randeinriss, verso Spuren alter Montieurng, sonst gleichwohl noch gut. Selten. - Wir bitten darum, Zustandsberichte zu den Losen zu erfragen, da der Erhaltungszustand nur in Ausnahmefällen im Katalog angegeben ist. - Please ask for condition reports for individual lots, as the condition is usually not mentioned in the catalogue.

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      • Thomas Frye (1710-1762): Life-Size Heads: Eighteen Plates; and George III of Great Britain
        Sep. 16, 2020

        Thomas Frye (1710-1762): Life-Size Heads: Eighteen Plates; and George III of Great Britain

        Est: $6,000 - $9,000

        Nineteen mezzotints on paper, 1760-1762. All 20 x 15 in. (sight), 25 x 20 in. (frame). Exhibited: Art Institute of Chicago, Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design 1690-1840. Note: The catalogue for the above exhibition noted that Richardson bought this set of prints in the middle of WWII after Christie's King Street headquarters had relocted to Spencer House for the duration of the war.  Knight of Glin, Glin Castle: Sold Christie's, London, sale date unknown. John Richardson: A Scholar Collects

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      • English School from 18th Century after Thomas Frye (c. 1710 – 3 April 1762)
        Jun. 25, 2020

        English School from 18th Century after Thomas Frye (c. 1710 – 3 April 1762)

        Est: €1,000 - €2,000

        English School from 18th Century after Thomas Frye (c. 1710 – 3 April 1762) Oil on copper. 35,5 x 27 cm. After a portrait of Queen Charlotte by Thomas Frye, a fairly famous image of the 18th century, is preserved at Royal Collection Trust https://www.rct.uk/collection/604596/her-most-excellent-majesty-charlotte-queen-of-great-britain-c Painting.

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      • THOMAS FRYE (IRISH 1710-1762) Portrait miniature of a Gentleman wearing red coat with green collar, hair en queue Signed lower left  Watercolour on card Gold frame Oval, 30mm (1 1/4in) high The present work is a rare example of a miniature by the Du
        Mar. 25, 2020

        THOMAS FRYE (IRISH 1710-1762) Portrait miniature of a Gentleman wearing red coat with green collar, hair en queue Signed lower left  Watercolour on card Gold frame Oval, 30mm (1 1/4in) high The present work is a rare example of a miniature by the Du

        Est: £800 - £1,200

        THOMAS FRYE (IRISH 1710-1762) Portrait miniature of a Gentleman wearing red coat with green collar, hair en queue Signed lower left  Watercolour on card Gold frame Oval, 30mm (1 1/4in) high The present work is a rare example of a miniature by the Dublin born artist Thomas Frye. After moving to London where he honed his skills, Frye became an artist of remarkable talent painting portraits in oils, black lead, pastel and miniatures in watercolour and enamel. He also became a well known mezzotint engraver.  In 1736 he painted a full-length portrait of Frderick, Prince of Wales which attracted attention and brought him many patrons. He had an introduction to Sir Joshua Reynolds with whom he became friendly. After inventing  a formula for porcelain and taking out a patent in 1744, he became manager of the groundbreaking Bow Porcelain Factory from 1744-1759.

        Chiswick Auctions
      • ***PLEASE NOTE DESCRIPTION SHOULD READ***ATTRIBUTED TO THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762)Portrait of Charles Townley within a feigned ovalOil on canvas, 74 x 58cmDated c.1755
        Oct. 15, 2019

        ***PLEASE NOTE DESCRIPTION SHOULD READ***ATTRIBUTED TO THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762)Portrait of Charles Townley within a feigned ovalOil on canvas, 74 x 58cmDated c.1755

        Est: €2,000 - €3,000

        ***PLEASE NOTE DESCRIPTION SHOULD READ***ATTRIBUTED TO THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762)Portrait of Charles Townley within a feigned ovalOil on canvas, 74 x 58cmDated c.1755

        Adam's
      • ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN LEWIS (IRISH SCHOOL, 18TH CENTURY)Portrait of Sir John Freke of Castle Freke, Co. CorkOil on canvas, 145.5 x 122cm Provenance: From the Estate of Lady Mary Carbery; Sale, Christie’s, 1921**From the same sale was the signed an
        Oct. 16, 2018

        ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN LEWIS (IRISH SCHOOL, 18TH CENTURY)Portrait of Sir John Freke of Castle Freke, Co. CorkOil on canvas, 145.5 x 122cm Provenance: From the Estate of Lady Mary Carbery; Sale, Christie’s, 1921**From the same sale was the signed an

        Est: €1,000 - €2,000

        ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN LEWIS (IRISH SCHOOL, 18TH CENTURY)Portrait of Sir John Freke of Castle Freke, Co. CorkOil on canvas, 145.5 x 122cm Provenance: From the Estate of Lady Mary Carbery; Sale, Christie’s, 1921**From the same sale was the signed and dated (1757) conversation piece by Lewis called Sir John Freke, Lady Freke and Mr Jeffries of Blarney (sold Sotheby’s at Slane Castle Lot 423, 26/6/1979). The present lot is likely to be an individual study of the same sitter, perhaps Sir John Redmond Freke M.P. for Cork. John Evans whose mother was Grace Freke inherited from his maternal uncle,founding the family of Evans Freke, whose baronetcy was only created in 1768. The Evans title of Baron Carbery was subsequently inherited by this family.

        Adam's
      • AFTER THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762): QUEEN CHARLOTTE
        May. 11, 2018

        AFTER THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762): QUEEN CHARLOTTE

        Est: $200 - $300

        AFTER THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762): QUEEN CHARLOTTE Reverse glass mezzotint. 14 x 10 in., 16 3/4 x 12 3/4 in. (frame). The World of Jean Stein

        Stair
      • THOMAS, FRYE
        Mar. 29, 2017

        THOMAS, FRYE

        Est: €8,500 - €9,000

        THOMAS, FRYE 1710 Dublin - 1762 London, attributed Portrait of the Duchess of Brunswyck Oil on canvas. 75 x 64,5 cm. Relined. Minor restorations. Framed. Provenance: Collection Ernst-August Duke of Brunswyck and Luneburg (until 1945 Castle Blankenburg, then Castle Marienburg near Hildesheim). - Sotheby's, 'Works of Art from the Royal House of Hanover', 5 -15 October 2005, cat.-no. 551. Literature: Steinacker, Karl, Die Bau und Kunstdenkmäler des Kreises Brandenburg. Wolfenbüttel 1922, p. 85, no. 49 (as 'Englische Schule'). GERMAN THOMAS, FRYE 1710 Dublin - 1762 London, zugeschrieben Bildnis der Herzogin von Braunschweig Öl auf Lwd. 75 x 64,5 cm. Doubliert. Min. rest. Rahmen. Thomas Frye übersiedelte 1734 nach London. Dort war er als Porträtmaler tätig und schuf Bildnisse bedeutender Persönlichkeiten seiner Zeit, u.a. ein Bildnis des Prinzen von Wales. Darüber hinaus war er einer der Mitbegründer einer der ersten Porzellanmanufakturen Englands in Stratford-Le-Bow und sicherte sich mehrere Patente. Des Weiteren war er bekannt für seine Mezzotinto-Arbeiten. Fryes Bildnisse stehen zu Anfang seines Wirkens noch in der Tradition von William Hogarth, zunehmend entwickelte er aber eine hohe Präzision in der Wiedergabe von Stofflichkeiten und in der Delikatesse des Lichtspiels. Die Porträtierte Augusta Frederika of Wales (1737 - 1813) war die Tochter von Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales (1707-1751) und Augusta von Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg, Schwester von König George III von Großbritannien. 1764 heiratete sie Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand von Braunschweig-Lüneburg, mit dem sie sieben Kinder hatte. Das Gemälde zeigt sie als junge Braut und entstand somit kurz vor ihrer Eheschließung. 1806 floh Augusta vor den französischen Truppen nach England. Provenienz: Sammlung Ernst-August Herzog von Braunschweig-Lüneburg (bis 1945 Schloss Blankenburg, danach Schloss Marienburg bei Hildesheim). - Sotheby's, "Works of Art from the Royal House of Hanover", 5.-15. Oktober 2005, Kat.-Nr.551. Literatur: Steinacker, Karl, Die Bau und Kunstdenkmäler des Kreises Brandenburg. Wolfenbüttel 1922, S. 85, Nr. 49 (dort als "Englische Schule").

        Neumeister
      • THOMAS FRYE (CIRCA 1710-1762) - Three plates, from: Life-sized Heads
        Mar. 29, 2017

        THOMAS FRYE (CIRCA 1710-1762) - Three plates, from: Life-sized Heads

        Est: £1,500 - £2,000

        THOMAS FRYE (CIRCA 1710-1762) Three plates, from: Life-sized Heads Plate 505 x 355 mm. (each), Sheet 570 x 430 mm. (and smaller) (3)

        Christie's
      • English Mezzotint Portrait after Thomas Frye, UK (1710-1762)
        Jul. 09, 2016

        English Mezzotint Portrait after Thomas Frye, UK (1710-1762)

        Est: $250 - $400

        English Mezzotint Portrait after Thomas Frye, UK (1710-1762), signed in the plate "F" and below "T Frye Picto, Invent, Sculp, Hilton Garden 1760", 19 1/4" X 14 1/4", framed under glass.

        The Cobbs
      • Frye, Thomas: Turkish Basha
        May. 26, 2016

        Frye, Thomas: Turkish Basha

        Est: €1,200 - €1,500

        Turkish Basha - Bildnis eines Mannes mit Turban und pelzverbrämten Mantel. Schabkunstblatt. 50,3 x 35,1 cm. 1760. Chaloner Smith (British mezzotino Portraits, Band II, Frye) 13. Wz. Schriftzug. Der irisch-britische Maler und spätere Mezzotintstecher Thomas Frye debütierte in den frühen 1730er Jahren in London als Porträtmaler, bevor er 1747 eine der bedeutendsten Porzellanmanufakturen mitbegründete. Gesundheitliche Gründe zwangen ihn, sich 1759 aus der Manufaktur zurückzuziehen. Nach einer Erholungskur in Wales, ließ sich Frye in seinem Haus in Hatton Garden bei London nieder, wo er sich seiner künstlerischen Fähigkeiten besann und er sich unter Eifer der Herausgabe von Schabkunstblättern nach eigenen Inventionen widmete. 1760, zwei Jahre vor seinem Tod, entstand die Bildnisfolge "Twelve Mezzotint Prints from Designs in the Manner of Piazzetta, drawn from Nature and as large as life“, welche er später um sechs weitere Portraits ergänzte. Die einzelnen Portraitdarstellungen zeigen lebensgroße Charakterköpfe, die in der teils dramatischen Lichtregie den Einfluss Joseph Wright of Derbys erkennen lassen, und die in unterschiedlichen Gemütszuständen und Posen dargestellt sind. In „Boydell´s Catalogue“ von 1783 wird vorliegendes Blatt eines eleganten Mannes unter dem Namen "Turkish Basha" verzeichnet. - Vor der späteren Verlegeradresse. Ganz ausgezeichneter, nuancenreicher und samtener Druck mit schmalem Rand. Kleiner geschlossener Einriss im unteren rechten Rand, winzige gebrochene Stelle im oberen Rand links, etwas vergilbt sowie fleckig vor allem im weißen Rand, weitere leichte Erhaltungsmängel, sonst gutes Exemplar. Selten.

        Galerie Bassenge
      • Thomas Frye (1710 - 1762) Mezzotint: ''Fine Head and Shoulders of a Woman
        Oct. 06, 2015

        Thomas Frye (1710 - 1762) Mezzotint: ''Fine Head and Shoulders of a Woman

        Est: €550 - €750

        Thomas Frye (1710 - 1762) Mezzotint: ''Fine Head and Shoulders of a Woman with bonnet and fancy attire,'' approx. 55cms x 39cms (21 1/2'' x 15 1/2'') published Feb. 28, 1762, in cont. hogarth type frame. (1)

        Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers
      • Circle of Thomas Frye (Dublin c.1710-1762 London)
        Dec. 03, 2013

        Circle of Thomas Frye (Dublin c.1710-1762 London)

        Est: £1,500 - £2,500

        Circle of Thomas Frye (Dublin c.1710-1762 London) Portrait of Queen Charlotte (1744-1818), bust-length, in a lace and fur-trimmed white dress, with a pearl necklace, earrings and head-dress, in a painted aperture indistinctly inscribed 'RO...' (along the lower edge) oil on canvas 25 x 20¾ in. (63.5 x 52.7 cm.)

        Christie's
      • Frye, Thomas: Turkish Basha
        Nov. 28, 2013

        Frye, Thomas: Turkish Basha

        Est: €1,800 - €2,400

        Turkish Basha - Bildnis eines Mannes mit Turban und pelzverbrämten Mantel. Schabkunstblatt. 50,3 x 35,1 cm. 1760. Chaloner Smith (British mezzotino Portraits, Band II, Frye) 13. Wz. Schriftzug. Der irisch-britische Maler und spätere Mezzotintstecher Thomas Frye debütierte in den frühen 1730er Jahren in London als Porträtmaler, bevor er 1747 eine Porzellanmanufaktur mitbegründete, nachdem er von hochwertigen Kaolinfunden in Amerika erfuhr, und die unter seiner Führung zu den bedeutendsten Porzellanmanufakturen wurde. Gesundheitliche Gründe zwangen ihn, sich 1759 aus der Manufaktur zurückzuziehen. Nach einer Erholungskur in Wales, ließ sich Frye in seinem Haus in Hatton Garden bei London nieder, wo er sich seiner künstlerischen Fähigkeiten besann und er sich unter Eifer der Herausgabe von Schabkunstblättern nach eigenen Inventionen widmete. 1760, zwei Jahre vor seinem Tod, entstand die Bildnisfolge "Twelve Mezzotint Prints from Designs in the Manner of Piazzetta, drawn from Nature and as large as life", welche er später um sechs weitere Portraits ergänzte. Die einzelnen Portraitdarstellungen zeigen lebensgroße Charakterköpfe, die in der teils dramatischen Lichtregie den Einfluss Joseph Wright of Derbys erkennen lassen, und die in unterschiedlichen Gemütszuständen und Posen dargestellt sind. In „Boydell´s Catalogue" von 1783 wird vorliegendes Blatt eines Mannes unter dem Namen "Turkish Basha" verzeichnet. - Ganz ausgezeichneter, gegensatzreicher und samtener Druck mit schmalem Rand um die markant sich abbildende Facette. Minimale Gebrauchsspuren, links kleine Knitter- und Knickspuren, kleine Bleistiftannotationen im unteren Schriftrand, sonst sehr gut erhalten. Selten. Aus der Sammlung Fredrique Wilhelmina Wohlfahrt, Schweden (Lugt 1055b).

        Galerie Bassenge
      • Thomas Frye (1710-1762), LIFE-SIZED HEAD: MAN
        Oct. 16, 2013

        Thomas Frye (1710-1762), LIFE-SIZED HEAD: MAN

        Est: £600 - £800

        Thomas Frye (1710-1762), LIFE-SIZED HEAD: MAN FACING TOWARDS LEFT, HIS HAND ON HIS CHIN Mezzotint, signed with monogram in plate l.r., inscribed in margin 'Thos. Frye, Pictor, Invt. and Sculpt., Hatton Garden 1760', plate 49.5 x 35cm

        Sworders
      • Thomas Frye (1710-1762), LIFE-SIZED HEAD: YOUNG
        Oct. 16, 2013

        Thomas Frye (1710-1762), LIFE-SIZED HEAD: YOUNG

        Est: £600 - £800

        Thomas Frye (1710-1762), LIFE-SIZED HEAD: YOUNG MAN WITH A LIGHTED CANDLE Mezzotint, signed with monogram in plate l.l., inscribed in margin 'Thos. Frye, Pictor Invt. and Sculpt., Hatton Garden 1760' plate 49.5 x 35cm

        Sworders
      • THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762) Study of a gentleman in a
        Jul. 17, 2013

        THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762) Study of a gentleman in a

        Est: £200 - £300

        THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762) Study of a gentleman in a contemplative pose, mezzotint printed with monogram and inscribed to the margin 'Thos. Frye Pictor, Invt. and Sculpt Hatton Garden 1760', 19 3/4" x 14"

        Mallams
      • Thomas Frye (Irish, 1710-1762)
        Jun. 12, 2013

        Thomas Frye (Irish, 1710-1762)

        Est: -

        A Gentleman, wearing brown coat, tan waistcoat, white chemise, stock and cravat, his powdered wig worn en queue and tied with a black ribbon bow. Gilt-metal bracelet clasp mount. Oval, 35mm (1 3/8in) high Provenance: With E. Horton in 1967.

        Bonhams
      • Circle of Thomas Frye (1710-1762), PORTRAIT OF A
        May. 14, 2013

        Circle of Thomas Frye (1710-1762), PORTRAIT OF A

        Est: £300 - £500

        Circle of Thomas Frye (1710-1762), PORTRAIT OF A CLERIC, BUST LENGTH Pastel 60 x 50cm

        Sworders
      • THOMAS FRYE (c.1710) The Head of a Man with
        May. 12, 2013

        THOMAS FRYE (c.1710) The Head of a Man with

        Est: €500 - €800

        THOMAS FRYE (c.1710) The Head of a Man with Spectacles Mezzotint, 50 x 36cm

        Adam's
      • THOMAS FRYE (c.1710) The Head of a Man Turned in
        May. 12, 2013

        THOMAS FRYE (c.1710) The Head of a Man Turned in

        Est: €500 - €800

        THOMAS FRYE (c.1710) The Head of a Man Turned in Profile, his hand raised in pensive pose (1760) Mezzotint, 50 x 36cm

        Adam's
      • Attributed to Thomas Frye (1710-1762) Portrait of
        Dec. 11, 2012

        Attributed to Thomas Frye (1710-1762) Portrait of

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        Attributed to Thomas Frye (1710-1762) Portrait of a young girl, wearing a grey satin dress, standing by an elaborate rococo table with a toy soldier and model horses Oil on canvas, 126 x 100.5cm (49 1/2 x 39 1/2in)

        Dreweatts 1759
      • Thomas Frye (IRISH, circa 1710-1762)
        Jun. 19, 2012

        Thomas Frye (IRISH, circa 1710-1762)

        Est: - $4,750

        Thomas Frye (IRISH, circa 1710-1762) Portrait of an academic, three-quarter length, in a brown coat and academic gown, leaning on a table oil on canvas 49 x 40 in. (125.7 x 101.6 cm.)

        Christie's
      • Circle of Thomas Frye (Dublin c.1710-1762 London)
        Jun. 19, 2012

        Circle of Thomas Frye (Dublin c.1710-1762 London)

        Est: £1,000 - £1,500

        Circle of Thomas Frye (Dublin c.1710-1762 London) Portrait of a gentleman, bust-length, in a brown jacket with gold trim with a blue waistcoat oil on canvas 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)

        Christie's
      • Circle of Thomas Frye (Dublin 1710-1762 London) Portrait of Edward Ashe Esq., M.P for Heytesbury, 1713
        Mar. 14, 2012

        Circle of Thomas Frye (Dublin 1710-1762 London) Portrait of Edward Ashe Esq., M.P for Heytesbury, 1713

        Est: £200 - £300

        Portrait of Edward Ashe Esq., M.P for Heytesbury, 1713 inscribed oil on canvas 35 x 28.5cm (13 3/4 x 11 1/4in).

        Bonhams
      • THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762): OLD WOMAN, BUST-LENGTH IN PROFILE
        Mar. 10, 2012

        THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762): OLD WOMAN, BUST-LENGTH IN PROFILE

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        THOMAS FRYE (1710-1762): OLD WOMAN, BUST-LENGTH IN PROFILE Mezzotint, signed and dated in plate 1760. 19 1/4 x 14 in., 23 1/2 x 18 1/4 in. (frame).

        STAIR
      • Thomas Frye (Dublin c.1710-1762 London)
        Jan. 17, 2012

        Thomas Frye (Dublin c.1710-1762 London)

        Est: £2,000 - £4,000

        Thomas Frye (Dublin c.1710-1762 London) Portrait of a gentleman, bust-length, in a brown jacket with gold trim with a blue waistcoat oil on canvas 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)

        Christie's
      • THOMAS FRYE (IRISH 1710-1762). "THE OBSERVER" FROM "LIFE-SIZED HEADS," 1760.
        Nov. 13, 2011

        THOMAS FRYE (IRISH 1710-1762). "THE OBSERVER" FROM "LIFE-SIZED HEADS," 1760.

        Est: $1,200 - $1,800

        Mezzotint on paper, 18 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches, sight. Signed with conjoined "TF" l.r., published Hatton Garden, London, 1760.

        Bourgeault-Horan Antiquarians
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