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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Henry Fuseli: Selected full-text books and articles

The Drawings of Henry Fuseli By Henry Fueseli; Nicolas Powell Faber and Faber, 1951
Tracks in the Snow: Studies in English Science and Art By 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 By Donald Palumbo Greenwood Press, 1986
Librarian's tip: Chap. 3 "Henry Fuseli and Erotic Art of the Eighteenth Century"
A Century of British Painters By Richard Redgrave; Samuel Redgrave Phaidon Press, 1947
Librarian's tip: Chap. IX "Henry Fuseli and Historic Art"
Letters of the Great Artists: From Blake to Pollock By Richard Friedenthal Random House, vol.2, 1963
Librarian's tip: "Henry Fuseli to Johann Kaspar Lavater" begins on p. 16
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Romanticism By Pierre Courthion Skira, 1961
Librarian's tip: "The English Romantics" begins on p. 35
A Pictorial Counterpart to "Gothick" Literature: Fuseli's the Nightmare By Moffitt, John F Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 35, No. 1, March 2002
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The Doppelganger: Double Visions in German Literature By Andrew J. Webber Clarendon Press, 1996
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Henry Fuseli begins on p. 237
The Romantics By Stephen Prickett Holmes & Meier, 1981
Librarian's tip: Chap. 2 "Romanticism in English Art"
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