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Chevalier d'Eon

(1728-1810), Cross-dressing diplomat, soldier and celebrity fencer

Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée d'Eon de Beaumont

Sitter in 24 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 18 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6937

Chevalier d'Eon, by Pierre Adrien Le Beau, published by  Esnauts et Rapilly, after  Claude Louis Desrais - NPG D49409

Chevalier d'Eon

by Pierre Adrien Le Beau, published by Esnauts et Rapilly, after Claude Louis Desrais
engraving, circa 1770 or after
On display in Room 11 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D49409

Chevalier d'Eon ('The Trial of M. D'Eon by A Jury of Matrons'), by Unknown artist - NPG D48171

Chevalier d'Eon ('The Trial of M. D'Eon by A Jury of Matrons')

by Unknown artist
etching, published in the Town and Country Magazine 1 June 1771
On display in Room 11 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D48171

Chevalier d'Eon ('The Trial of M. D'Eon by A Jury of Matrons'), by Unknown artist - NPG D49715

Chevalier d'Eon ('The Trial of M. D'Eon by A Jury of Matrons')

by Unknown artist
etching, published in the Town and Country Magazine 1 June 1771
NPG D49715

Chevalier d'Eon, published by Samuel Hooper - NPG D49374

Chevalier d'Eon

published by Samuel Hooper
mezzotint, published 20 March 1773
On display in Room 11 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D49374

Chevalier d'Eon, after Unknown artist - NPG D43329

Chevalier d'Eon

after Unknown artist
etching, published in the London Magazine September 1777
On display in Room 11 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D43329

Chevalier d'Eon, by and published by Charles François Le Tellier (Letellier), after  Johan Michael Baader - NPG D48162

Chevalier d'Eon

by and published by Charles François Le Tellier (Letellier), after Johan Michael Baader
engraving, circa 1777 or after
On display in Room 11 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D48162

Chevalier d'Eon ('Charlotte-Genevieve-Louise-Auguste-Andrée-Thimothée D'Eon de Beaumont'), by and published by Pierre Jean Baptiste Bradel - NPG D48176

Chevalier d'Eon ('Charlotte-Genevieve-Louise-Auguste-Andrée-Thimothée D'Eon de Beaumont')

by and published by Pierre Jean Baptiste Bradel
engraving and etching, 1779
On display in Room 11 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D48176

Chevalier d'Eon ('Charlotte-Genevieve-Louise-Auguste-Andrée-Timothée D'Eon de Beaumont'), by and published by Pierre Jean Baptiste Bradel - NPG D48177

Chevalier d'Eon ('Charlotte-Genevieve-Louise-Auguste-Andrée-Timothée D'Eon de Beaumont')

by and published by Pierre Jean Baptiste Bradel
engraving and etching, 1779
On display in Room 11 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D48177

Chevalier d'Eon, by Thomas Chambers (Chambars), published by  Benjamin Beale Evans, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D48161

Chevalier d'Eon

by Thomas Chambers (Chambars), published by Benjamin Beale Evans, after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, published 12 July 1787
NPG D48161

Chevalier d'Eon, by Thomas Chambers (Chambars), published by  Benjamin Beale Evans, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D49716

Chevalier d'Eon

by Thomas Chambers (Chambars), published by Benjamin Beale Evans, after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, published 12 July 1787
NPG D49716

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 Francis Haward, printed by  L. Dorval, possibly after  Angelica Kauffmann, possibly after  Maurice Quentin de La Tour - NPG D48170

Chevalier d'Eon

by Francis Haward, printed by L. Dorval, possibly after Angelica Kauffmann, possibly after Maurice Quentin de La Tour
stipple printed in colours, circa 1788
On display in Room 11 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D48170

Chevalier d'Eon, by Francis Haward, printed by  L. Dorval, possibly after  Angelica Kauffmann, possibly after  Maurice Quentin de La Tour - NPG D49714

Chevalier d'Eon

by Francis Haward, printed by L. Dorval, possibly after Angelica Kauffmann, possibly after Maurice Quentin de La Tour
stipple printed in colours, circa 1788
NPG D49714

Chevalier d'Eon, by Jean Condé, published by  John Sewell - NPG D48168

Chevalier d'Eon

by Jean Condé, published by John Sewell
stipple, published in the European Magazine 1 March 1791
NPG D48168

Chevalier d'Eon, by Jean Condé, published by  John Sewell - NPG D48169

Chevalier d'Eon

by Jean Condé, published by John Sewell
stipple, published in the European Magazine 1 March 1791
On display in Room 11 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D48169

Chevalier d'Eon, by and published by Jean Condé, sold by  John Boydell - NPG D48172

Chevalier d'Eon

by and published by Jean Condé, sold by John Boydell
stipple, published 24 June 1791
On display in Room 11 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D48172

Chevalier d'Eon, by Jean Condé, published by  John Sewell - NPG D49717

Chevalier d'Eon

by Jean Condé, published by John Sewell
stipple, published in the European Magazine 1 March 1791
NPG D49717

Chevalier d'Eon, by Unknown artist - NPG D48165

Chevalier d'Eon

by Unknown artist
stipple, etching and aquatint, early 19th century
NPG D48165

Chevalier d'Eon, by Mackenzie, published by  Thomas Hurst - NPG D48166

Chevalier d'Eon

by Mackenzie, published by Thomas Hurst
stipple, published 1 January 1806
NPG D48166

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