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John Fayram, op.1713–1743, British
formerly attributed to William Hogarth, 1697–1764, British

Frontispiece design for John Fayram's "Eight Views after Nature"

ca. 1739
Pen, black ink, gray wash, and graphite on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 7 1/8 × 5 7/8 inches (18.1 × 14.9 cm) and Contemporary drawn border: 9 1/4 x 7 7/8 inches (23.5 x 20 cm)

Not in Heawood, Shorter or Churchill: ?(coat of arms).

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
books | bows (weapons) | curtains | flowers (plants) | frontispieces (illustrations) | inkwells | Nature | pens | putti | religious and mythological subject | scales | scythe | stumps | time | trees | wings (costume accessories)
Associated People:
Diana of Ephesus
Nature (personification of)
Father Time, man with wings and scythe
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A preliminary study for the frontispiece to John Fayram’s "Eight Views after Nature” (1739), a suite of prints dedicated to Thomas Hervey (1699-1775), Superintendent of the Royal Gardens. A print after this drawing is in the British Museum (1895,1031.20) along with the variant frontispiece used in the final publication (1895,1031.19). Little is known of Fayram save that he was a subscriber to Kneller’s Academy and made his living as a portrait painter and copyist. He worked for the Hervey family from the late 1720s and throughout the 1730s; two portraits of Thomas Hervey are still at Ickworth, Suffolk (National Trust, 851823 and 851825). Fayram also produced landscape and marine prints from his own designs and in 1743 he became drawing master at the new military academy at Woolwich but seems to have died shortly afterwards.

Matthew Hargraves, 2014

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