Search the Collection

Henry Fuseli (1741-1825), Painter

Sitter in 11 portraits
Artist associated with 3 portraits
Swiss clergyman Fuseli first came to London in 1764, where he worked as a translator and book illustrator. Encouraged by Reynolds to take up painting, he studied in Rome from 1770-79. On his return he began to exhibit works of great psychological complexity, power and imagination, the most menacing being The Nightmare. Despite his radical politics, Fuseli became professor of Painting (1799-1805), and then Keeper (1804-25) at the Royal Academy, where he taught a generation of artists, including Constable, Haydon and Lawrence. His inclination towards the fantastic, depicted in his heroic, literary and historic themed works was given scope in his paintings for Bouydell's Shakespeare Gallery and his own Milton Gallery.

List Thumbnail

5469

Henry Fuseli

by James Northcote
oil on canvas, feigned incomplete oval, 1778
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5469

744

Henry Fuseli

by John Opie
oil on canvas, feigned oval, exhibited 1794
NPG 744

6376

Henry Fuseli

by Edward Hodges Baily
marble bust, 1824
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6376

D2643

Henry Fuseli

by J.H. Lips
stipple and line engraving, published 1779
NPG D2643

D14056

Henry Fuseli

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, (2 June 1793)
NPG D14056

D10716

Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
NPG D10716

D36021

Key to Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
NPG D36021

D4934

Henry Fuseli

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Edward Hodges Baily
stipple engraving, published 1825
NPG D4934

D38446

Henry Fuseli

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, (2 June 1793)
NPG D38446

D38447

Henry Fuseli

by W. Brown
soft-ground etching, 1820-1825
NPG D38447