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Henry Fuseli
Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry Fuseli 1778

James Northcote (1746–1831)

National Portrait Gallery, London

(b Zurich, 6 Feb. 1741; d Putney, Surrey [now in London], 16 Apr. 1825). Swiss-born painter, draughtsman, and writer on art, active mainly in England, where he was one of the outstanding figures of the Romantic movement. He was the son of a portrait painter, Johann Caspar Füssli (1706–82), but he originally trained as a Zwinglian minister; he took holy orders in 1761, but soon abandoned the priesthood.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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