Hired to Depress: A Digital Scholarly Edition of William Blake's Annotations to Sir Joshua Reynolds' Discourses

Henry Fuseli

Henry Fuseli, originally named Johann Heinrich Füssli, was an Anglo-Swiss artist noted for his supernatural, erotic, and inventive paintings.

Perhaps his most famous work, The Nightmare, completed in 1781, displays his macabre imagination, featuring an incubus perched on the supine body of a sleeping woman draped over her bed.
Fuseli appears to have influenced Blake’s aesthetic in several ways; for example, Fuseli’s elongated figures, juxtaposition of supernatural and natural imagery, intensely muscular bodies, admiration of John Milton’s dynamism, and dramatic scene composition.

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