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- Series: Life sized heads
A man looking towards the front, wearing a turban and fur-lined cloak, both hands placed on an upright, clasped book in front of him. 1760
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- Curator's comments
- According to Chaloner Smith this is one of 18 plates from the series 'Life sized Heads'.
The British Museum's collection holds 27 impressions of various prints from the series.
For two other impressions of this print, see: 1845,0724.102 and 1950,0520.52.
For a drawing related to this print, see Seattle Art Museum: 53.91.
It has been suggested that this is a self-portrait.
Chaloner-Smith suggests that the first 12 prints were based on portraits of family and friends and last 6 were elaborated from sketches of people Frye had observed.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired by the British Museum in a dark wood frame with gold detail.
A label attached to the back of the original frame gives the following information:
"Mezzotint by Thomas Frye 1760 (Chaloner Smith cat No 16)
In the same direction, closely corresponding, the original drawing once attributed to Piazzetta, is in the Seattle Art Museum USA. (See Michael Wynne in Burlington Mag, Feb. 1972.) This is a very early impression from Prince Liechtenstein's collection, bought from Colnagi, 1950. JBS.
To John Christian from James Byam Shaw, March 1974."
(See attached picture.)
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