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Johann Jakob Bodmer

Johann Jakob Bodmer, by Henry Fuseli, 1778-1779 -NPG 3027 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Johann Jakob Bodmer

by Henry Fuseli
1778-1779
15 1/4 in. x 12 in. (387 mm x 305 mm)
NPG 3027

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Bodmer is an uninvited guest. NPG 3027 was acquired as a self portrait by Henry Fuseli [1] and was listed as such in 1949 and 1970, [2] 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). [3] A second study of Bodmer by Fuseli, in the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif. (64.7), [4] agrees more closely with the finished painting.

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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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