2 of 11 portraits of Henry Fuseli
by John Opie
oil on canvas, feigned oval, exhibited 1794
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Given by J.S. North and Lord North, 1885
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- Henry Fuseli (1741-1825), Painter. Sitter in 11 portraits, Artist associated with 3 portraits.
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- John Opie (1761-1807), Portrait and history painter. Artist associated with 146 portraits, Sitter in 12 portraits.
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Swiss by birth and a clergyman by training, Fuseli came to London in 1764 and worked as a translator and book illustrator. Encouraged by Reynolds to take up painting, he went to Rome in 1770. On his return to London in 1779 he exhibited works of great power and imagination. His inclination towards the fantastic was given scope in his paintings for Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery and his own Milton Gallery.