FUSELI, John Henry
(b. 1741, Zurich, d. 1825, London)

The Three Conspirators Swear an Oath on the Rüthli Meadow

1779
Pen and sepia over pencil drawing, 414 x 345 mm
Kunsthaus, Zurich

Fuseli's Oath of the Rüthli shows that he could turn to nonclassical subject matter, but still retain a sense of dramatic classical form. This work is in many ways a prototype for the heroic pictures of the French.