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Chevalier D'Eon.
Chevalier D'Eon.
Rob.t Cooper Fecit.
Stipple with etching, sheet 165 x 115mm (6½ x 4½"). Trimmed inside platemark; glued to backing sheet.
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. Engraving after John Condé, published in 'La Belle Assemblée' of 1810.
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