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Henry Angelo

(1756-1835), Fencing master

Henry Charles William Angelo

Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist associated with 3 portraits
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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Lord Byron's Decoupage Screen, by Henry Charles William Angelo, probably by  John Jackson - NPG L269

Lord Byron's Decoupage Screen

by Henry Charles William Angelo, probably by John Jackson
cut-out prints, oil paint and varnish on paper covered panels, circa 1814
On display in Room 11 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L269

The Light Horse Volunteers of London & Westminster, Commanded by Coll. Herries, Reviewed by His Majesty on Wimbledon Common 5th July, 1798, by Thomas Rowlandson, published by  Henry Charles William Angelo - NPG D48894

The Light Horse Volunteers of London & Westminster, Commanded by Coll. Herries, Reviewed by His Majesty on Wimbledon Common 5th July, 1798

by Thomas Rowlandson, published by Henry Charles William Angelo
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 18 July 1798
NPG D48894

Thomas Simmons, by Thomas Rowlandson, after  Henry Charles William Angelo - NPG D21402

Thomas Simmons

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

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