Letter: Building on Romantic rubble

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Sir: Interestingly, you chose a painting by Henry Fuseli (Johann Heinrich Fussli) to illustrate Lord Weidenfeld's response to the controversy aroused by Andrew Graham- Dixon's article on the German Romanticism exhibition at the Hayward Gallery.

Fuseli was of course Swiss-born, but moved to Britain when he was 22, and spent much of the rest of his life here, becoming a member of the Royal Academy and a professor of painting. At that time, the Gothic or 'romantic' taste was at least as popular in this country as in the German states, and, judging from the success of horror movies, it probably still is.

Yours sincerely,

JOHN PARRY

Richmond, Surrey

29 September

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