Miss Theodora de Verdion. Teacher of Languages, Dealer in Books. Medals &c. &c. ___ Died July 15 1802.Wonderful Museum.
Engraving. 222 x 140mm. 8¾ x 5½".
Satire portrait of Theodora de Verdion (1744-1802), commonly known as Chevalier John Theodora De Verdion, a woman who always dressed as a man, earning her living as a book dealer and language teacher. She taught German to Edward Gibbon, the historian. She is standing in a doorway of a book shop: pinned up is an advert to "The Life of Paine". In 1852 the portrait was reproduced in "The Lives and Portraits of Curious and Odd Characters", in which de Verdion was described as being 'extremely grotesque, wearing a bag wig, a large cocked hat, three or four folio books under one arm, and an umbrella under the other, her pockets completely filled with small volumes'. Different version of 18998.
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