Henry Fuseli

(1741—1825) painter and writer

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Swiss artist who came to England in 1764; after studying in Rome (1770–8) he settled in London. His fascination with the sublime and the supernatural expressed itself in many paintings taken from Shakespeare, Milton, Dante, Macpherson's Ossian, and others. He was a learned artist who shone in the literary society of London, and his essays and lectures illumine the intellectual life of his times. He was a friend and admirer of Blake. Blake engraved some of Fuseli's designs and Fuseli wrote the preface to Blake's edition of Blair's The Grave.

Subjects: Art — Literature.

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