THRILL: Henry Angelo

Marianne has a potential suitor who boasts of fencing regularly at Angelo’s Fencing Academy.

  • The son of a famous Italian sword master,  Henry Angelo inherited his father’s Fencing Academy in Bond Street, London in 1785.

    Henry Angelo by Mather Brown, c1790. National Portrait Gallery, London.

    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  Lord Byron, practiced in the shooting gallery and took lessons in fencing and boxing.