Chevalier d'Eon (1728-1810), Diplomatist and transvestite
Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée d'Eon de Beaumont
Sitter in 3 portraits
Born in France, the Chevalier d'Eon first came to Britain as a diplomat in 1762 and helped to negotiate the Peace of Paris, ending the Seven Years War. Rumours circulated about his gender, encouraged by d'Eon, who also bought women's clothes for himself. In 1777 he was declared to be a woman. He returned to Britain as a woman in 1785 and became renowned for public fencing demonstrations. No transvestite or transsexual until the late twentieth century has enjoyed such public recognition and acceptance.
by Thomas Chambers (Chambars), published by Benjamin Beale Evans, after Richard Cosway