Talk:Henry Fuseli

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Image request: The Nightmare[edit]

I think we need a thumbnail of the (arguably) most famous painting(s), the two versions of 'The Nightmare'. Anyone agree? Those images are available for the "Nightmare" article, but since I am new to Wikipedia by the minutes as of this writing, I won't even think about trying to perform such a monstrous task myself. If anyone can, please do. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Lonn.daniel (talkcontribs) 18:32, June 21, 2006.

Page move?[edit]

I believe Johann Fuseli or Johann Heinrich Fuseli would be more appropriate titles for this article. I had a heck of a time finding this guy with the current title. Anyone else support moving the page? — Tuvok[T@lk/Improve me] 04:54, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

Well, the wiki-forwarding is working... What is the name most scholars use for him today? --Also if his title name changes, please alter the listas under the WikiProject Biography template on this page to match. — Yamara 21:18, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

ODNB article[edit]

Available at no charge for a limited period: Andy Mabbett | Talk to Andy Mabbett 10:04, 9 August 2007 (UTC)

Fuseli - Pornographic Works[edit]

I understand that Fuseli produced several engravings that would normally be considered pornographic.

Some of his engravings depict gigantic machines that anticipate the work of science fiction authors.

Both these features of his work surely need mention in the main article? (talk) 02:50, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

I agree. There is an episode of Lovejoy all about Fuselis pornographic work and now I have done some research this fact is well known. Silly and childish not to mention these important drawings and paintings. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:39, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

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Fuseli was born in Switzerland and was at least partly trained in Switzerland. He lived much of his life in Britain but so did Anthony Van Dijk. Does he really have to be claimed for Britain? Everybody got to be somewhere! (talk) 21:28, 20 June 2010 (UTC)


I reckon Anglo-Swiss or Swiss-English might be more accurate. He was definitely an Anglophile, loved Shakespeare, Milton and all the rest of it. But then there are those amusing anecdotes in the Barry literature and elsewhere: "Zat man looks like ze door of his house." He clearly wasn't Anglicised enough to lose the accent! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:56, 20 May 2011 (UTC)


The German version of this article calls him Swiss-English, schweizerisch-englischer, which is more precise than 'British painter of Swiss origin.' This is misleading. It is particularly misleading when one considers how influential the continent was on his art: consider his relationship with Goethe, European literary figures, his original facility in German, his translation of works from German (Winckelmann) into English, to say nothing of the fact that predominant interest was the cultus of European antiquity. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:25, 11 May 2012 (UTC)

His philological and literary endeavours?[edit]

See the article on Winckelmann even discloses the fact that Fuseli (Johann Heinrich Füssli) translated Winckelmann's 'Gedanken über die Nachahmung der griechischen Werke in Malerei und Bildhauerkunst' into English as 'Reflections on the Painting and Sculpture of the Greeks', which today receives considerable scholarly interest. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:30, 11 May 2012 (UTC)


There was a line in the article saying Fuseli's " contain passages of the best art-criticism that English literature can show ". That's puffery, pure and simple, and so was removed pending a citation or quotation from a source. There ought to be a bit of an edit and possible rewording of some of the passages that give effusive praise. Also the front section introducing Mr. Fuseli is still sparse, but the majority of the article is very well done. SirMinkMay (talk) 00:57, 5 June 2014 (UTC) SirMinkMay