The relined oil on canvas dating from 1792, which measures 2ft 1½in x 21in (65 x 53cm), featured in an exhibition titled Paintings and Drawings by Henry Fuseli at the REA Wilson Gallery in Ryder Street, London, in 1935, and another in Zurich 34 years later.
On March 24 this year it came up for sale at Auction Art Rémy Le Fur & Associés (27% buyer’s premium) at Drouot in Paris where it realised €138,000 (£122,120), below the low estimate.
Fascinated by fantasy
Fuseli, a Swiss painter, draughtsman and writer on art, spent much of his life in Britain and held the posts of Professor of Painting and Keeper at the Royal Academy.
An artist fascinated by fantastic and supernatural themes, he is best known for The Nightmare, his 1781 oil painting showing a demon sitting on a defenceless woman, which was first exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1782. That work is now in the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan, US.
Fuseli’s art inspired William Blake.