[France] Carola-Genovesa-Louisa-Augusta-Andrea-Timothee D'Eon de Beaumont,...A la Memoire des heroines Francoises Jeanne d'Arc, Jeanne hachette, &c, &c, &c. par JB Bradel.
A Paris, chez l'Auteur, rue St. Jacques Maison de Mr. Desprez, Imprimeur du Roi. Avec Privilege du Roi. [n.d., c.1770.]
Rare and fine copper engraving, 370 x 235mm. 14½ x 9¼". A fine impression.
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. By Jean Baptiste Bradel (c.1763 - 1783; fl.).
From the Norman Blackburn Collection.
[Ref: 18199] £320.00