“Madame Cigali the Famous Female Fence…

“Madame Cigali the Famous Female Fencer from Rome at Henry Angelo’s Fencing Academy” Undated, by Thomas Rowlandson.

Rowlandson was evidently intrigued by the idea of a man and woman fencing as he drew at least five such studies. One in the Dent collection depicted Henry Angelo and `Madame Cain’. `Madame Culloni and Mons. Renault’ in Paris is recorded in the Dent Collection with another version in the Yale Center for British Art. Another, of `Madame Kelu famous Fencer Native of Italy 1816’ was sold at Sotheby’s on 22nd March 1979, lot 57.“  Source: Guy Peppiatt Fine Art