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Vintage swordplay #4


The Crusader by George Quaintance (1943).

Continuing an occasional series, I was hoping to find the original photo which George Quaintance used as a model for this painting but failed dismally. I did find the photo below, however, a piece of Roman camp by beefcake photographer Alonzo Hanagan, aka ‘Lon of New York’ on this Boy Culture post where Hanagan is interviewed about his work.


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5 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Jeremiah Q. Oxterwhiff


    The Roman camp seems more 19th Century Napoleonic era to me – I’m fairly sure that’s a French cavalryman’s helmet and sword. Mind you, I like the broken column – metaphor for detumescence?

  2. #2 posted by John


    Yes, I did nearly write “Classical camp” which is probably more fitting since these things are so vague, and the Napoleonic era is the Neoclassical period. Anachronisms are a hallmark of this kind of thing.

  3. #3 posted by angelitocurioso


    these nude men with sword,do’nt are named also “spartan”?

  4. #4 posted by RIMAVINCUS


    I know the name of the model who posed for the Lon photo, who was introduced to Quaintance, who used the photo for his painting.

  5. #5 posted by John


    Hi Rimavincus. If I’d have been more diligent I would have noticed that the answer to the model’s identity was in the George Quaintance book I’ve had for a while. It was Fred Boisiewick who also posed for other paintings.






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