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Thomas Frye - 1741 Mezzotint, Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales

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Thomas Frye - Original 1741 Mezzotint. Trimmed at bottom edge of plate. Unsigned. On laid. In generally good condition with some closed marginal tears.

The Anglo-Irish painter Thomas Frye (c. 1710 – 3 April 1762 best known for his portraits in oil and pastel, including some miniatures and his early mezzotint engravings, was also the patentee of the Bow porcelain factory, London, and claimed in his epitaph to be "the inventor and first manufacturer of porcelain in England,"though his rivals at the Chelsea porcelain factory seem to have preceded him in bringing wares to market. The Bow porcelain works did not long survive Frye's death; their final auctions took place in May 1764. For the Worshipful Company of Saddlers he painted a full-length portrait of Frederick, Prince of Wales (1736, destroyed 1940), which he engraved in mezzotint and published in 1741

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47.5 x 35.5cm (18.7" x 14")
Sheet: 51.5 x 37cm (20.3" x 14.6")

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From the Christopher Lennox-Boyd collection. We recently acquired a number of fine Mezzotints previously owned by Chris Lennox-Boyd, owner of the finest collection of British Mezzotints in private hands. You can read more about him here.

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Code mr599
Artist Thomas Frye
Date 1741
Dimensions 47.5 x 35.5cm
Framed No
Medium Mezzotint
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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