Hand coloured copper engraved plate from: The School of Fencing, with a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions Peculiar to the Art
London: 1787. Hand coloured. Published by Henry Angelo, son of Domenico Angelo. Text on the engraving reads: "An Evasion, or Subterfuge, by the removal of the left Legg backward, at the time the Adversary makes his pass on the outside of the Sword".<br />In an attractive mount and frame, with the framer's details to the verso. These being Old Church Galleries, Chelsea, London. Visual image size: 110 x 215 mm (4¼ x 8½ inches). Item size (including mount and frame): 360 x 455 mm (14¼ x 18 inches). Considered by many to be the greatest fencing master of the 18th century, Angelo's reputation helped him secure high-ranking clients, such members of Royalty and other affluent clientele. Signor Angelo had established his Fencing Academy in London in 1759. This is one of 47 copper engravings that illustrated the 1787 work "The School of Fencing, With a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions Peculiar to the Art". The plates were produced from original drawings by the artist James Gwynn (Royal Academy). Drawn from life, with Angelo himself as the principal model.