- Also known as
primary name: Frye, Thomas
- individual; printmaker; painter/draughtsman; British; Male
- Life dates
- c. 1710-1762
- Golden Head & Red Lamp, near the Corner of Greville Street, in Hatton Garden (1760)
- Portrait painter, mezzotinter and porcelain manufacturer, born in Edenderry, King's county, Ireland; married Sarah (d. 1774); date of arrival in London unknown; earliest known work pair of pastels of two boys, signed and dated 1734; painted portrait (now destroyed but known through Frye's own mezzotint of 1741) of Frederick, Prince of Wales in 1736 followed by many sitters including Sir Charles Kemeys-Tynte Bt. and Sir Charles Towneley; also worked as a miniature painter; became founder partner with Edward Heylyn and manager of the Bow porcelain factory in London; went to Wales on account of his failing health in 1759; on his return made mezzotints 'Twelve Mezzotinto Prints, from Designs in the manner of Piazetta, drawn from Nature and as large as life' in 1760; made a total of twenty-five mezzotints with the dramatic light influencing Joseph Wright of Derby; Frye died of consumption on 2 April 1762; buried at Hornsey churchyard, Middlesex.
- ODNB (Michael Wynne)
M. Wynne, 'Thomas Frye (1710-1762)', Burlington Magazine, 114 (1972), 79-85;
E. Adams and D. Redstone, 'Bow porcelain' 1981,
R.C. Yarbrough, 'Bow porcelain and the London theatre', 1996;
see E. Croft-Murray unpublished notes in the Dept. Prints & Drawings, BM.