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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.




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.


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Thomas Frye


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


Ireland (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1760


Mezzotint in black on buff laid paper


Image: 47.4 × 35.2 cm (18 11/16 × 13 7/8 in.); Plate: 50.5 × 35.4 cm (19 15/16 × 13 15/16 in.); Sheet: 52.8 × 37.8 cm (20 13/16 × 14 15/16 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. George B. Young

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