Henry Charles William Angelo
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Henry Charles William Angelo
by Mather Brown
oil on canvas, circa 1790
30 1/2 in. x 25 1/2 in. (775 mm x 648 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Henry Charles William Angelo (1756-1835), Fencing master. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist associated with 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Mather Brown (1761-1831), Portrait and history painter. Artist associated with 28 portraits.
This portraitback to top
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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- Colville, Quinton; Williams, Kate, Emma Hamilton : seduction & celebrity, 2016, p. 41
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 127
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 13
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 13
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Events of 1790back to top
Current affairsAttempts to modify the Test and Corporation Acts are defeated, despite campaigning by dissenters such as the prominent Unitarian preacher and pamphleteer, Richard Price. The Acts prevented those outside the established church from holding government or military office.
Art and scienceJoseph Mallord William Turner exhibits his first painting at the Royal Academy; a watercolour of The Archbishop's Palace, Lambeth.
The Firth to Clyde and Oxford to Birmingham canals are begun.
InternationalEdmund Burke publishes Reflections on the Revolution in France. A landmark work of opposition to the Revolution which offered a critique of the radical philosophy behind events in France; the Reflections have been read as an articulation of the foundations of modern British conservatism. George Vancouver explores the north west coast of America.
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