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Creator:
Thomas Frye, 1710–1762, Irish
Title:

A Man Leaning on a Staff

Date:
ca. 1760
Medium:
Black chalk and white chalk on moderately textured laid paper
Dimensions:
Frame: 22 7/8 × 18 1/4 × 2 inches (58.1 × 46.4 × 5.1 cm) and Sheet: 15 3/4 × 12 3/4 inches (40 × 32.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B2007.1
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
man | portrait | profile | staff
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:57086
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The Irish-born Thomas Frye was one of the most innovative artists in mid-eighteenth century Britain, whose impact on his generation has only recently been properly understood. He seems to have moved to London at an early age and embarked on a career as a painter, pastelist, and printmaker, as well as a porcelain manufacturer, being one of the founders of the Bow porcelain works. Among his last projects was a remarkable series of twelve expressive heads, which he reproduced in mezzotint and which enjoyed popularity on both sides of the Atlantic. These heads had a considerable influence on his contemporaries, including Joseph Wright of Derby. This example in black chalk represents and old man burdened by time and was reproduced by Wright for a figure in his two paintings of a Blacksmith’s Shop (both 1771), one of which is shown on the Center’s fourth floor.

Gallery label for A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)

A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Joseph Wright of Derby in Liverpool (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-05-22 - 2008-08-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Joseph Wright of Derby in Liverpool (Walker Art Gallery, 2007-11-17 - 2008-02-24) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]


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