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Chevalier d'Eon

(1728-1810), Diplomatist and transvestite

Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée d'Eon de Beaumont

Sitter in 4 portraits
The Chevalier d'Eon was a French soldier, diplomat, spy and fencing demonstrator who lived as a woman from 1777. D'Eon first came to London in 1763 to negotiate the end of the Seven Years War. Rumours that d'Eon was a woman in disguise were encouraged by d'Eon and widely accepted. D'Eon used secret letters to blackmail the French king, Louis XVI, and was paid an income from 1777 on the condition that d'Eon wore women's clothes. From 1785, d'Eon achieved fame in Britain as a celebrity female fencer.

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Chevalier d'Eon, by Thomas Stewart, after  Jean Laurent Mosnier - NPG 6937

Chevalier d'Eon

by Thomas Stewart, after Jean Laurent Mosnier
oil on canvas, 1792
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6937

Chevalier d'Eon, after Unknown artist - NPG D43329

Chevalier d'Eon

after Unknown artist
etching and line engraving, published September 1777
NPG D43329

Chevalier d'Eon, by Thomas Chambers (Chambars), published by  Benjamin Beale Evans, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D20293

Chevalier d'Eon

by Thomas Chambers (Chambars), published by Benjamin Beale Evans, after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, published 12 July 1787 (1787)
NPG D20293

Chevalier d'Eon, by William Daniell, after  George Dance - NPG D12155

Chevalier d'Eon

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, published 15 August 1810 (26 May 1793)
NPG D12155


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