Art: Elegant Terrorist

The only Man that e'er I knew Who did not make me almost spew Was Fuseli: he was both Turk & Jew—And so, dear Christian Friends, how do ye do?

With these lines, tempestuous Poet-Artist William Blake—who thought of God as "Old Nobodaddy" and of most men as nobodies—saluted one of his few friends. Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) was, in fact, neither Turk nor Jew, but a Swiss Lutheran; Blake brandished the terms in honor of his friend's rebellious temperament and alien air. Fuseli's style as a draftsman and painter strikingly resembled that of the...

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