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Henry Angelo (1756-1835), Fencing master

Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist associated with 1 portrait
The son of the famous Italian swordmaster, Domenico Tremonando, Henry Angelo inherited his father's Fencing Academy in Bond Street, London in 1785. It was there, in an atmosphere somewhere between that of a private club and a gymnasium, that many of the famous names of the period, including Charles James Fox, Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Lord Byron practised in the shooting gallery and took lessons in fencing and boxing. All three men featured in Angelo's amusing autobiography Reminiscences. The 'Bond Street Academy' provided the perfect meeting place for the aristocracy and the London underworld and was often implicated in contemporary gossip and scandal.

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Thomas Simmons

by Thomas Rowlandson, after Henry Angelo
hand-coloured etching, published 9 November 1807
NPG D21402