[France] Carola-Genovesa-Louisa-Augusta-Andrea-Timothea-D'Eon de Beaumont. Knight of the Royal and Military order of St. LouisCaptain of Dragoons, and the Volunteers of the Army. Aide-de-Camp to the Marechal Duke & Count de Broglio, Minister Plenipotentiary from the King of France to the King of Great Britain in 1763, &c.&c.&c. Born at Tonnerre 5th.of Octr. 1728. Painted in her 25th Year From a Picture in the Collection of Geoe: Keate Esqr.
London, Publish'd Jany. 18th:1788, by Frans: Harvard No.29 Marsh Street, Lambeth, near the Turnpike.
Stipple, 340 x 240mm. 13¼ x 9½". A fine impression with large margins. Slight crease on right.
Portrait of Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont (1728 - 1810), usually known as the Chevalier d'Eon, bust in an oval frame. He wears a lace-trimmed cape over his gown, a ribbon around his neck and a lace cap, with pearl earrings and military order attached to a rosette on his breast. 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 a trial in 1777 about his actual sex he wore female attire until his death. Surgical examination proved him male. After Angelica Kauffman (1741 - 1807) copying Maurice Quentin de la Tour (1704 - 1788).
From the Norman Blackburn Collection.
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