H.M. Queen Charlotte

After THOMAS FRYE (c.1710-1762)
WILLIAM PETHER (c.1738-1821)

H.M. Queen Charlotte

c. 1762 England

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An eighteenth century reverse painted mezzotint "Her Most Excellent Majesty Charlotte Queen of Great Britain", engraved by William Pether after the work by Thomas Frye (ad vivum delineavit). English circa 1762, within the original ebonized wood frame with sanded and gilded slip.
See also "Queen Charlotte & King George III" as this print was originally held in the same collection and is within a matching frame.
A fine example of this print is held in the Royal Collection; the entry on their website the source for much of the following information.
A fine example of this print is held in the Royal Collection; the entry on their website the source for much of the following information.
This portrait is particularly valuable as a record of the Queen's splendid jewellery for which, in 1762, Vile made his jewel cabinet. Impressions of this print and versions of it were popular at the beginning of the reign of King George III and Queen Charlotte. Thomas Frye was one of the most successful mezzotinters of his era, as well as a portraitist in oil, pastel and miniature. His distinguishing contribution to the print market was a large series of life-size portrait heads, engraved after his own works. It was his quest to make portraits of Queen Charlotte that took him to the theatre where he was able to observe her and secure her likeness and It is recorded that the Queen, seeing the artist at work, obligingly turned her face towards him, in effect granting him an impromptu, informal sitting. The caption underneath the print which Frye and Pether produced after this portrait attests to this immediacy, boasting that it was made ad vivum, from the life.
Dimensions
External Height 17.75 inch (45.08 cm)
External Width 13.75 inch (34.92 cm)
Stock Code
971
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