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Henry Angelo

1 of 2 portraits of Henry Angelo

Henry Angelo, by Mather Brown, circa 1790 - NPG 5310 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry Angelo

by Mather Brown
oil on canvas, circa 1790
30 1/2 in. x 25 1/2 in. (775 mm x 648 mm)
Purchased, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG 5310


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  • Henry Angelo (1756-1835), Fencing master. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.

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  • Mather Brown (1761-1831), Portrait and history painter. Artist associated with 28 portraits.

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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. 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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