[John Xavier Malevolti Tremamondo. Riding Master.]
Etching. Platemark: 195 x 185mm (7¾ x 7¼").
A portrait of fencing master Domenico Angelo (1716–1802) on horseback. Angelo was born in Leghorn, Italy, as Angelo Domenico Malevolti Tremamondo and was the first to emphasize fencing as a means of developing health, poise, and grace. As a result of his insight and influence, fencing changed from an art of war to a sport. Soon after arriving in England he established 'Angelo's School of Arms' in Carlisle House, Soho, London. There he taught the aristocracy the fashionable art of Swordsmanship which they had previously had to go the continent to learn, and also set up a riding school in the former rear garden of the house. He was also a fencing instructor to the Royal Family.
[Ref: 35663] £95.00