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Equestrian Portrait of Sir John Hawkwood.
1436. Fresco, transferred to canvas. Duomo Cathedral, Florence, Italy. More. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Sir John de Hawkwood
, Italians called him Giovanni Acuto (d. 1394), English soldier of fortune, born in Hedingham, Essex. He is said to have distinguished himself at Crécy (1346) and Poitiers (1356), was knighted by Edward III and in 1360 led a band of mercenaries to Italy, where he at first took service with Pisa against Florence, and fought in various causes, but at last agreed to fight the battles of Florence for an annual pension