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- Object: I Casp Lavater, Felix Hess und Heinrich Fuessli bey Spalding zu Barth in Schwedisch Pommern im Jahr 1763
Johann Spalding with members of his family entertaining Lavater, Hess and Fuseli to tea in the summer house in his garden; Fuseli stands at the edge of the house sketching the scene. 1810
Etching and engraving
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Height: 422 millimetres
Width: 550 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The print is accompanied by a separately published letterpress broadside, 'Beschreibung dreier merkwürdigen Gemälde aus dem Leben Spaldings, von des noch in London lebenden Professors Fuessli Meisterhand'.
For the history of this print, see Frances Carey, 'Enlightened Friendship', in 'Print Quarterly' XVIII 2011, pp.396-400. The three men in their youth had been thrown out of Zurich for writing a pamphlet attacking the ruling oligarchy, and had taken refuge with Spalding in Barth (Pomerania, part of Sweden at this date). In thanks Fuseli had painted the walls of Spalding's summer house with three frescoes, of which this was one. In 1810 Mechel had them engraved as historic works, and the broadside explains the subjects of all three prints. The grisailles do not survive, though Henne's drawing for this print is in the Kunsthaus in Zurich.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2007 June-Nov. BM, Recent Acquisitions Part I, no cat.
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- Acquisition notes
- Acquired from a fund donated by friends in memory of Richard Godfrey from Baeyer's catalogue of 2003, no.32.
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