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Head of a Man Wearing a Turban (from Life-Sized Heads, First Series)

Artist:
Thomas Frye (Irish, Edenderry 1711/12–1762 London)
Date:
1760
Medium:
Mezzotint; second state
Dimensions:
Plate: 19 7/8 × 13 15/16 in. (50.5 × 35.4 cm) Sheet: 23 3/8 × 16 15/16 in. (59.4 × 43 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Harry G. Friedman Bequest, 1966
Accession Number:
66.695.7
Not on view
In 1760, the pastel portraitist and porcelain manufacturer Thomas Frye published Twelve Mezzotinto Prints, from Designs in the Manner of Piazetta, Drawn from Nature and as Large as Life. Frye's evocative figures, although presumably based on living models, exceed the conventions of portraiture, and also function as character studies. The man shown here—dressed in the fashionable "Turkish" manner—turns with parted lips as if poised to speak, while raising the elegant fingers of one hand in a rhetorical gesture. His long blond eyelashes and smoothly rendered wrinkles and dimples are hallmarks of Frye's refined style.
Signature: in plate lower left: "T. Frye Pictor, Inv-t & Sculp-t"; lower right: "Hatton Garden 1760"
Vendor: H. D. Lyon
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 6, 1997–January 4, 1998.

Chaloner Smith 13; Russell 13 ii
John Chaloner Smith British Mezzotinto Portraits...from the introduction of the art to the early part of the present century. Henry Sotheran & Company, vols. 1-4, 1878–83, vol. II, p. 520, no. 13.

Charles E. Russell English Mezzotinto Portraits and Their States. vol. II, London and New York, 1926, cat. no. 13 ii, p. 112.



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