Cut and Thrust Fencing; Germany, c. 1750

Genteel Gymnastics

Genteel Gymnastics

Genteel exercises…

Another example of what was expected of a Central European man of culture and breeding. Again, we have the pommel-horse in the background, thrust and cut fencing in the front. Both the cut and thrust fencers use the left hand for defence… even though Kahn advises as early as 1761 that in the case of cut fencing, the left hand is quite useless in parrying cuts.

We hope they didn’t work up too much of a sweat before heading into the menuet…


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