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Old Woman Leaning on a Cane, from Life-Sized Heads

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

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

Date:

1760

Artist:

Thomas Frye
Irish, 1710-1762

About this artwork

Frye’s most important work in the graphic media was the mezzotint series of twelve life-sized heads. These monumental portraits are distinctive in the history of English mezzotints; not only is their life-size scale unusual, but they are also original portraits created specifically for the mezzotint medium. Only a few years after their creation, Frye’s richly atmospheric mezzotints influenced portraits by Joseph Wright of Derby.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Thomas Frye

Title

Old Woman Leaning on a Cane, from Life-Sized Heads

Origin

Ireland

Date

Made 1760

Medium

Mezzotint in black on buff laid paper

Dimensions

474 × 352 mm (image); 505 × 354 mm (plate); 528 × 378 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. George B. Young

Reference Number

1990.73

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