The last German student to die as a result of a duel using thrusting swords—not unlike the French épée de combat—was the young jurist Adolph Erdmannsdörffer.
Buried in the village cemetery at Wöllnitz, now integrated into the Thuringia town of Jena, his grave marker recalls him as “das letzte Opfer der Stoßmensur” (the last victim of the thrust Mensur).
The worst part: It was his own fault.
FencingClassics members were among the first to see this up-to-now unknown early work of German Romantic genre painter Carl Wilhelm Hübner surface from oblivion. Now it’s official: It’s indeed a Hübner. And a great re-discovery!.
by J. Christoph Amberger
Baltimore, MD— An unknown painting from the formative period of the German Romantic painter Carl Wilhelm Hübner was recently discovered in the art collection of a private fencing history archive in Baltimore, Maryland.
The oil painting measures 46.5 cm by 60.5 cm and depicts a pair of fencers in the costumes of the early 19th century.
Posted in 19th Century, fencing, Schläger
Tagged amberger, burschenschaft, carl wilhelm hübner, duel, escrime, fechten, fencing, german painting, mensur
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