Record number 05/3669
Author Fuseli, Henry, R.A., 1741 - 1825
TitleThe Life And Writings Of Henry Fuseli, Esq. M.A. R.A. Keeper, And Professor Of Painting To The Royal Academy In London; Member Of The First Class Of The Academy Of St. Luke At Rome. The Former Written, And The Latter Edited By John Knowles, F.R.S. Corresponding Member Of The Philosophical Society At Rotterdam, His Executor. In Three Volumes. Vol. I. (-III.)
ImprintLondon:: Henry Colburn And Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street., MDCCCXXXI.
Physical Description3 vols.; 212 mm. (Octavo.)
Physical Description NoteVol. I: xvi, 439, [1] p., frontis. - Vol. II: [iv], 391, [1] p. - Vol. III: [iv], 408 p.
Content Format NoteVol. I: [Frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Advertisement - Contents of The First Volume - [Text]; [colophon]. - Vol. II: [T.p.] - Contents Of The Second Volume - Introduction - [Text]; [colophon]. - Vol. III: [T.p.] - Contents Of The Third Volume - [Text]; [colophon].
Summary NoteThe first volume contains Knowles's biography of Fuseli. The second and third re-print Fuseli's own writings - in Volume II his lectures I-X, in Volume III his lectures XI-XII, Aphorisms and A history of art in the schools of Italy.

The lectures are on the following topics: I. Ancient art; II. Art of the moderns; III, IV. Invention; V. Composition, Expression; VI. Chiaroscuro; VII. Design; VIII. Colour in fresco painting; IX. Colour - oil painting; X. The method of fixing a standard and defining the proportions of the human frame, with directions to the student in copying the life; XI. The prevailing method of treating the history of painting, with observations on the picture of Lionardo Da Vinci of 'The Last Supper'; XII. The present state of art, and the causes which check its progress.

Fuseli had been Professor of Painting in the Royal Academy for 1799-1805 and 1810-1825. He had begun his lectures in 1801 - and the first three were published in that year.

The Aphorisms, which Fuseli began to compose in 1788, the year in which he published his translation of Lavater's 'Aphorisms On Man', had been published in their complete form in 1818.

The only illustration is the frontispiece portrait of Fuseli in Volume I.
Responsibility NoteThe frontispiece portrait in Volume I is captioned, 'Henry Fuseli Esqre. Engraved by Dean from a Painting by Harlow.

It carries the imprint of the publishers, Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley, and the date (1830).

The printer is named on the title-page versos and in the colophons: 'London: Printed By Samuel Bentley, Dorset-street, Fleet-street.'

The work is dedicated by John Knowles to Susan, Countess Dowager of Guilford, Baroness North and Guilford.
SubjectArt - Theory
Artists - Great Britain - History - 18th century - 19th century
Biography - Lectures - Essays - Aphorisms - Great Britain - 19th century
ReproductionsThe work was reprinted in 1983 (3 vols.), with a new introduction by D.H. Weinglass (Millwood, NY: Kraus) (ISBN 0527318957).
ReferencesH. Fuseli, The collected English letters of Henry Fuseli, ed. D.H. Weinglass (1982); G. Schiff, Henry Fuseli [exhibition catalogue] (1975); G. Schiff, Johann Heinich Fussli: oeuvre-catalog (1973).
Binding Note19th-century calf; spines lettered 'Fuseli 1(-3)'.
ProvenanceIn Volume I a front endpaper is inscribed in ink, 'For the Library of the Royal Academy from Harriet Jane Moore 1838', and the title-page is inscribed in ink, 'Presented to the Royal Academy by Harriet Jane Moore 1838. G.I.'
Contributors Knowles, John, 1781 - 1841
Colburn, Henry, 1784 - 1855, publisher
Bentley, Richard, 1794 - 1871, publisher
Harlow, George Henry, 1787 - 1819, source artist
Dean, T.A., fl. 1773 - 1840, engraver
Bentley, Samuel, 1785 - 1868
Guilford, Susan North, Countess of, 1771 - 1837, dedicatee
Moore, Harriet Jane, fl. ca. 1838, previous owner, donor
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