Henry Fuseli

Henry Fuseli (fyōō´zĬlē), 1741–1825, Anglo-Swiss painter and draftsman, b. Zürich. He was known also as Johann Heinrich Fuessli or Füssli. He took holy orders but never practiced the priesthood. Fuseli went (c.1763) to England and studied in London, where Joshua Reynolds befriended him. He spent a few years in Italy, where he made the studies for his famous series of nine paintings for Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery. Returning to England, he exhibited a number of works of a grotesque and visionary type, including the celebrated Nightmare (1782). His own Milton Gallery housed a series of his paintings illustrating the poet's works. His drawings, of which he left over 800, further reveal his romantic fascination with the terrifying and weird. Fuseli admired and encouraged William Blake. Some of his lectures to the Royal Academy have been published.

See studies by F. Antal (1956), P. A. Tomory (1972), and G. Schiff (2 vol., 1974).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Drawings of Henry Fuseli
Nicolas Powell; Henry Fueseli.
Faber and Faber, 1951
Tracks in the Snow: Studies in English Science and Art
Ruthven Todd; Ruthven Todd.
The Grey Walls Press, 1946
Librarian’s tip: "The Reputation and Prejudices of Henry Fuseli" begins on p. 61
Eros in the Mind's Eye: Sexuality and the Fantastic in Art and Film
Donald Palumbo.
Greenwood Press, 1986
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Henry Fuseli and Erotic Art of the Eighteenth Century"
A Century of British Painters
Samuel Redgrave; Richard Redgrave.
Phaidon Press, 1947
Librarian’s tip: Chap. IX "Henry Fuseli and Historic Art"
Letters of the Great Artists: From Blake to Pollock
Richard Friedenthal.
Random House, vol.2, 1963
Librarian’s tip: "Henry Fuseli to Johann Kaspar Lavater" begins on p. 16
Romanticism
Pierre Courthion.
Skira, 1961
Librarian’s tip: "The English Romantics" begins on p. 35
A Pictorial Counterpart to "Gothick" Literature: Fuseli's the Nightmare
Moffitt, John F.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 35, No. 1, March 2002
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An Outline of 19th Century European Painting: From David through Cézanne
Lorenz Eitner.
Westview Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "British Neoclassicism and William Blake"
The Doppelganger: Double Visions in German Literature
Andrew J. Webber.
Clarendon Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Henry Fuseli begins on p. 237
The Romantics
Stephen Prickett.
Holmes & Meier, 1981
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Romanticism in English Art"
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