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Henry Fuseli (1741-1825), Painter

Sitter in 11 portraits
Artist associated with 3 portraits
The Swiss artist Fuseli was a painter of heroic, literary and surreal themes who first came to London in 1764. After studying in Rome from 1770 to 1779, he began to exhibit works of great psychological complexity and power, the most menacing being The Nightmare. Despite his radical politics, he became professor of Painting (1799-1805) and then Keeper (1804-25) at the Royal Academy, where he taught a whole generation of artists, including Constable, Haydon and Lawrence. His inclination towards the fantastic was given scope in his paintings for Bouydell's Shakespeare Gallery and his own Milton Gallery.