William Godwin's Diary


Following suit after Boydell's preceding Shakespeare Gallery project (see, for example, 10 March 1791), the Milton Gallery was a cycle of forty-one large scale paintings produced and exhibited at Pall-Mall by Henry Fuseli, RA (1741 – 1825) depicting the life and works of the poet John Milton. A year later, Fuseli exhibited a second, larger exhibition with forty-seven works. Although the endeavour was not a commercial success at the time, the paintings were noted for their Michaelangesque figures and evocation of the sublime. A complete list of works exhibited in 1799 may be found in: The Times, 1 June 1799.

See also DNB and Luisa Calè, Fuseli's Milton Gallery: 'turning Readers into Spectators' (Oxford, 2006).