Nee a Tonnerre en 1728.
A Paris chez Esnauts et Rapilly rue St. Jacques, a la Ville de Coutances, A.P.D.R [n.d. c.1785].
Engraving, 185 x 125mm. 7¼ x 5".
Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée Éon de Beaumont (1728 - 1810), usually known as the Chevalier d'Eon. A French diplomat, soldier and Freemason who lived the first half of his life as a man and the second half as a woman. Living in England in 1785, he lost his pension after the French Revolution and had to sell his library. In 1792 he sent a letter to the French National Assembly, offering to lead a division of women soldiers against Austria, but the offer was rebuffed. He participated in fencing tournaments until he was seriously wounded, in 1796. After Claude Louis Desrais (1746 - 1816).
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