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Füssli was a well-known painter and collector. He was born in Zurich to a painter’s family and learned to paint from his father. In 1763, he went to Germany to study literature and philosophy, later moved to London. In 1770–1778, he lived in Italy where he met Jacques-Louis David. In 1778, he returned to London, in 1799, was elected professor of the Royal Academy, in 1804, he became its inspector.

He collected old master prints, drawings and books. In 1825, after his death, 296 books, Dürer’s prints, prints reproducing Tintoretto, Titian, Rembrandt and other painters were publicly sold in London. In 1827, his paintings were also sold in London.

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