Category Archives: Art

William H. Harrison’s Smallsword

William Henry Harrison, the 9th President of the United States, served only 31 days before dying of pneumonia in 1841.  Harrison’s portrait, painted by Rembrandt Peale, originally depicted Harrison in civilian clothes (painted after 1800).  However, after Harrison’s success in … Continue reading

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The Duke of Wellington on the Supremacy of the Smallsword

Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, is regarded as one of the great military leaders of the 19th Century.  Having served in Belgium and India, he rose to the rank of Major-General and was then appointed Field Marshal … Continue reading

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Blackwell’s Disarm in Tierce

Study everything Blackwell had to say in his 1702 publication by following the link below at the SmallswordProject.com Blackwell, H. (1702). The English fencing-master. London: Printed by J. Downing in Bartholomew-Close, for the author. [English]

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Monsieur de La Touche

Monsieur de La Touche was a 17th Century French Master. He played in integral role in the process of standardizing fencing terms and in establishing a codified method of fencing instruction.  The plate above is from his 1670  Les Vrays … Continue reading

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Hope’s New Method, 1701

Courtesy of the Linacre School of Defense.  You can view Hope’s 1707  treatise on their site, or download a free epub version here.

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Angelo’s Plates from “Escrime,” in Encyclopédie

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Angelo’s Plates for Escrime in the Encyclopédie, 1765

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Diderot & d’Alembert selected and published Domenico Angelo’s L’Ecole des Armes as the definitive, authoritative text on fencing, published as Escrime in the Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. 1765. Note: scans need to be re-worked … Continue reading

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The Art of Fencing, 1730

This gallery contains 25 photos.

The Art of Fencing, 1730. The Art of Fencing Represented in Proper Figures, Exhibiting the Several Passes, Encloses, Disarms, and c. Sold by John Bowles at the Black Horse in Cornhill.  

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Angelo’s Demi Volte

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