Johann Jakob Bodmer
- Extended catalogue entry
Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Johann Jakob Bodmer
by Henry Fuseli
15 1/4 in. x 12 in. (387 mm x 305 mm)
This portraitback to top
Bodmer is an uninvited guest. NPG 3027 was acquired as a self portrait by Henry Fuseli  and was listed as such in 1949 and 1970,  before being correctly identified by Schiff in 1973 as a preparatory study for Fuseli’s Self portrait in conversation with Bodmer of 1778-81 (Zurich).  A second study of Bodmer by Fuseli, in the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif. (64.7),  agrees more closely with the finished painting.
Footnotesback to top
1) For whose portraiture in the NPG, see R. J. B. Walker, National Portrait Gallery, Regency Portraits, I, pp 195-97; II, pls. 451-55.
2) NPG Cat. 1949 and Concise Cat. 1970.
3) Exhibited RA 1781 (141); Schiff 1973, no.366.
4) G. Schiff, Johann Heinrich Füseli, oeuvre kataloge, 1973, no.582; British Portrait Drawings, San Marino, Calif., 1982, no.14.
Provenanceback to top
Miss James sale, Christie’s, 1st day, 22 June 1891, lot 73 as Fuseli by G. S. Newton; William Ward, 1893; presented by M. H. Spielmann 1939.
Exhibitionsback to top
Die Nibelungen, Munich, 1987-88 (139); Füssli, Stuttgart, 1997-98 (2).
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.
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