Anonymous sale, Christie's London, 24 March 1981, lot 13 (£4,500)
The present lot can be compared with the sheet of two studies of men pulling bell-ropes, dated 1777-9 (see G. Schiff, Johann Heinrich Füssli 1741-1825, 1973, cat no. 631). Fuseli returned to the pose of the smaller figure in a later study of the 1790's (see G. Schiff, lit.op.cit., 1973, no. 1145).
These powerful nude male figures with their elongated limbs and heroic anatomy are closely related to Fuseli?s frequent representations of heroes and rebels (Satan, Achilles, Siegfried, etc.) derived from the statue of the Dioscuri or the Horse Tamers of Monte Cavallo (Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome).