An image of Head of a woman

Thomas Frye

(Ireland, England 1710 – 1762)

Head of a woman

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.

Year
1761
Media
Print
Medium
mezzotint
Dimensions
50.5 x 35.4 cm
Credit
Gift of C. John Keightley 1978
Accession number
225.1978.1