|J. Rogers after G. H. Harlow
|Fisher, Son & Co. c. 1834
|Image 115 x 88 mm, Sheet 260 x 195 mm
From Jerdan's National Portrait Gallery.
Henry Fuseli (7th February 1741 - 17th April 1825) was a Swiss-born Britain-based painter, draughtsman, art critic, and academic. A key early figure of the British Romantic art movement, he was a major source of inspiration for the young William Blake. Fuseli was the son of the painter Johann Kaspar Füssli, who intended that his son become a clergyman. From his early religious training, Fuseli gained a thorough education in classical, biblical, and germanic history, mythology, and art, and the influence of this is clear in his works. He travelled extensively in Italy before settling in London, where he almost immediately established his reputation with heroic scale paintings of scenes from the works of Shakespeare for Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery. Boydell's success inspired Fuseli to attempt his own Milton Gallery, for which he began a series of very large paintings of scenes from Paradise Lost, though the project never came to fruition.
Condition: Surface abrasion in margin not affecting the image.