This fascinating sketchbook includes works by Fasi-Gessner, works by him after other artists and works by different hands, all of which are meticulously recorded in his distinctive handwriting in an index pasted to the inside leather-bound cover. Fasi-Gessner interspersed his own drawings with those by other contemporary, mostly Swiss artists.
The compositions by other artists include Melchior Paul von Deschwanden (1811-81) (no. 49); Jakob Suter (1793-1874) (nos. 79, 88, 133, 136); Ludwig Rudolf Effinger von Wildegg (1803-72) (no. 135); Johann Ulrich Burri (1802-70) (no. 137); a double portrait after Paul Delaroche (1797-1856); and two works after Henry Füssli (1741-1825).
The two bodycolors after Füssli are Le cauchemar quitte la couche de deux jeunes filles endormies in the Muraltengut, Zürich (G. Schiff, Tout l'oeuvre peint de Füssli, Paris, 1980, no. 189, pl. XXXVI) and Le Cauchemar which he depicted in seven other paintings in various collections (G. Schiff, op. cit., nos. 88a, 881, 89, 188, 272, 310, 311).