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Creator:
George Henry Harlow, 1787–1819
Title:

Henry Fuseli

Former Title(s):

H. Fuseli, Esq. R.A. [1817, Royal Academy of Arts, London, exhibition catalogue]

Date:
1817
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on panel
Dimensions:
21 × 16 1/16 inches (53.3 × 40.8 cm), Frame: 26 × 21 1/4 × 2 1/4 inches (66 × 54 × 5.7 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscription on verso painted in black: Henry Fuseli Esq, RA|Keeper of the Royal Academy and|Professor in Painting|Painted and exhibited at|the Royal Academy 1817|by G. H. Harlow

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1975.1.12
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
artist | chair | costume | interior | man | portrait | Swiss
Associated People:
Fuseli, Henry (1741–1825), painter and writer
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:202
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George Harlow, one of Sir Thomas Lawrence's best pupils, was commissioned to paint this portrait of the expatriate Swiss artist Henry Fuseli by Fuseli's biographer John Knowles. It was eventually reproduced in Knowles's Life and Writings of Henry Fuseli (1831). The critic J. T. Smith described the picture as "one of the most dignified and characteristic likenesses of Fuseli, for which that artist threw himself into a position, and gave the Painter every possible advantage, by affording him numerous sittings…[it may be] fairly considered as the chef-d'œuvre of that highly-talented Artist." According to Knowles, Harlow was "ridiculously foppish, and by dressing to the extreme of fashion, was often the laughing-stock of his brother artists." They referred to him as "Clarissa."

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2005

Füseli and the Power of Dreams (Musée Jacquemart-André, 2022-09-16 - 2023-01-23) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Critique of Reason : Romantic Art, 1760–1860 (Yale University Art Gallery, 2015-03-06 - 2015-07-26) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

' Art on the Line ' : the Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House 1780-1836 (The Courtauld Gallery, 2001-10-17 - 2002-01-20) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

A handbook to the gallery of British paintings in the Art Treasures Exhibition, being a reprint of critical notices originally published in The Manchester Guardian. , Bradbury and Evans, London, 1857, p. 55, N5056 M6 H3 1857 (YCBA RARE BOOKS) Also available at SML Fiche B1244 Fiche N.4.2.220 and online at books.google.com [ORBIS]

Art on the line : the Royal Academy exhibitions at Somerset House, 1780-1836 : [catalogue of works], , The Courtauld Gallery, London, 2001, p. 1, no. 1, V 0909 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Art Treasures Exhibition (Manchester, England), Catalogue of the art treasures of the United kingdom., Bradbury and Evans, London, 1857, p. 86, no. 199, N5056 M35 M25 1857 (YCBA) [YCBA]

British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, April 1977, p. 251, fig. 32, N1 .A54 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Catalogue of the art treasures of the United Kingdom : collected at Manchester in 1857., Bradbury and Evans, London, p. 86, no. 199, N5056 .M35 M25 1857 (YCBA) Also available in Hathitrust [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 110-111, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Fuseli, Henry [formely Johann Heinrich Fussli] (1741-1825), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 21, p. 214, DA28 D5 2004 (YCBA) Also available Online [YCBA]

Harlow, George Henry (1787-1819), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 25, 2004, p. 325, DA28 D5 2004 (YCBA) Also available Online [YCBA]

John Knowles, The life and writings of Henry Fuseli, H. P. Kraus, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Millwood, N.Y., 1982, p. 352 (v. 1), NJ18 F98 K56 1982 [ORBIS]

Paul Mellon's Legacy : a passion for British art [large print labels], , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 3, N5220 M552 P381 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Elizabeth A. Pergam, The Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition of 1857, entrepreneurs, connoisseurs and the public , Ashgate Publishing, Surrey, UK, England Burlington, VT, 2011, pp. 312, no.199 in AT Exh, N5056 M35 P47 2011 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Royal Academy of Arts, Exhibition Catalogue. 1817. 49th., Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, vol. 49, B. McMillan, London, 1817, p. 20, no 365, N3054 A53 vol. 2 [ORBIS]

John Thomas Smith, Nollekens and his times, and memoirs of contemporary artists from the time of Roubiliac, Hogarth and Reynolds to that of Fuseli, Flaxman and Blake, John Lane The Bodley Head Limited, London; New York, 1920, pp. 332-3 (v. II), NJ18 N73 S645 1920 (YCBA) [YCBA]

David H. Solkin, Art on the Line : the Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House 1780-1836, , Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2001, Foldout no. 90, N5054 A78 2001B (YCBA) [YCBA]

The Companion to a Walk Through the Art Exhibition of Paintings and Engravings at Old Trafford Palace, A. Ireland and Co., Manchester : UK, 1857, p. 71, no. 199, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=gri.ark:/13960/t10p4pj8s&view=1up&seq=1 [Website]

R. J. B. Walker, Regency portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, 1985, p. 197 (vol. 1), N1090 A592 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ellis Waterhouse, An Impressive Panorama of British Portraiture, Apollo, v. 105, no. 182, April 1977, p. 251, fig. 32, N1 A54 + (YCBA) Another copy of this article may be found in a separately bound and catalogued copy of this issue located on the Mellon Shelf [call number : N5220 M552 A7 1977 + (YCBA)] [YCBA]

Yale Center for British Art, Selected paintings, drawings & books, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1977, p. 40, N590.2 A82 (YCBA) [YCBA]


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