1741 b. Feb. 7th - 1825 d. April 17th. Henry Fuseli (German: Johann Heinrich Fusli) was a British painter, draughtsman, and writer on art, of German-Swiss origin. His paintings were frequently on supernatural themes. The overt sexuality leading modern critics to think of it in terms of Freudian theories of the subconscious. One of the Surrealist inspirations. 1781 The Nightmare.