Thomas Frye

(c. 1710—1762) portrait painter and porcelain manufacturer

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(b in or near Dublin, c.1710; d London, 2April1762). Irish painter, mezzotint-engraver and porcelain manufacturer, active in England. He probably trained in Dublin, but by 1735 he had moved to London. After an early career as a portrait painter he joined EdwardHeylyn (1695-after 1758) in the attempt to produce porcelain at the Bow Factory, London. In 1744 they took out a patent for a new method, using china clay brought to England from the North American colony of Georgia by the potter Andrew Duché. Under Frye's direction the Bow Porcelain Factory produced a variety of well-received soft-paste figures and vessels. However, Frye's health apparently suffered from work among the furnaces, and he retired in 1759 to return to painting and engraving.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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