[France] [Chevalier d'Eon.]
Published July 12th. 1787 by B. Beale Evans, Poultry, London.
Stipple in brown ink, scratched-letter proof before title. 175 x 110mm, 7 x 4¼". Trimmed to plate; slight surface scuffing around face.
Portrait of Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont (1728 - 1810), usually known as the Chevalier d'Eon, in female costume, including lace bonnet; a Croix de Saint-Louis at his neck. 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 Richard Cosway (1742 - 1821).
See NPG D20293 for a published state.
[Ref: 19957] £140.00