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Henry Fuseli

1 of 11 portraits of Henry Fuseli

Henry Fuseli, by James Northcote, 1778 - NPG 5469 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Henry Fuseli

by James Northcote
oil on canvas, feigned incomplete oval, 1778
30 5/8 in. x 25 3/8 in. (778 mm x 645 mm)
Purchased, 1982
Primary Collection
NPG 5469

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  • Henry Fuseli (1741-1825), Painter. Sitter in 11 portraits, Artist associated with 3 portraits.

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  • James Northcote (1746-1831), Painter; pupil and biographer of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Artist associated with 103 portraits, Sitter associated with 23 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 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. This portrait was painted in Rome by Northcote who was also studying there.

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