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Young Man with a Candle, from Life-Sized Heads

A work made of mezzotint in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mezzotint in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1760

Artist:

Thomas Frye
Irish, 1710-1762

About this artwork

Features gone ashen and eyes bulging, Thomas Frye’s anonymous figure brandishes a candlestick. The embodiment of Romantic terror, he may very well have seen a ghost or encountered other scientifically inexplicable horrors. Backed against an unforgiving and ancient stone wall, he suggests a tragic hero like the one in the first Gothic novel, Horace Walpole’s soon-to-be published Castle of Otranto. Joseph Wright of Derby copied some of Frye’s heads for his Experiment with the Air Pump; this frightened youth could have inspired the wild-haired philosopher at center stage.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Thomas Frye

Title

Young Man with a Candle, from Life-Sized Heads

Origin

Ireland

Date

1760

Medium

Mezzotint in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

472 × 351 mm (image); 505 × 360 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.722

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