Title: The Assaut, or Fencing Match.

By: Gillray, James

Map id: 52311
Publisher: Henry G.Bohn.
Published date: 1849circa

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The Assaut, or Fencing Match.

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Long title: The Assaut, or Fencing Match. The Assaut or Fencing Match, which took place at Carlton House, on the 9th of April, 1787, between Mademoiselle La Chevaliere D'Eon De Beaumont and Monsieur De Saint George. In the presence of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Several of the Nobility & many eminent Fencing Masters of London. Copper engraving. Overall size inwhite fully conservation grade mount and back with decorative v groove: 50.3cms.x 48cms. Image size : 342mm.x 306mm. Very good condition; uncoloured as issued. The Prince of Wales had arranged this fencing demonstration between Mademoiselle d'Eon, ( right) , and Monsieur de Saint George, on the left. It hardly mattered who won (and records vary as to the facts) since it was to spectacle of the two individuals that brought the audience to the match that day. The figure on the right is Charles Genevičve Louis Auguste André Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont (1728-1810), commonly known as the Chevalier d'Eon, who lived the first half of his life as a man and the second half as a woman. He served as a spy to Louis XV, travelled extensively, and seemed to encourage the speculation that he was a woman in men's clothing. By 1770, while living in London, d'Eon negotiated his return to France by happily agreeing to dress only as a woman. The fencer on the left is Joseph de Bologne de Saint-Georges or the Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799), who was the son of a wealthy plantation owner in the French West Indies colony of Guadeloupe and one of his African slaves named Anne. Joseph was raised as a French African . He studied and became a champion fencer as well as a composer and conductor. He was also one of the first Black Masons in France and founded the Société des amis des noirs (Society of the Friends of Black People). By 1787, d'Eon had returned to London and scraped a living giving fencing demonstrations, such as this one with the visiting Saint-Georges, who was nicknamed 'The God of Arms.' D'Eon was fifty-nine and Saint-Georges was forty-eight. The French artist Charles Jean Robineau depicted the match in an oil painting, which is in the royal collection. See our background information for details of Gillray's life and art.

Subject Fencing/duelling
Map maker Gillray, James
Publisher Henry G.Bohn.
Published at year 1849circa

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