Gessner, Solomon a distinguished Swiss poet and engraver, was born at Zurich, April 1, 1730, and is principally known by his poem on the Death of Abel. Among his works are several vignettes and other ornaments for his Death of Abel and his Pastorals. They are dated 1769, 1771. He died March 2, 1788. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.