1 of 18 portraits of Chevalier d'Eon
by Thomas Stewart, after Jean Laurent Mosnier
oil on canvas, 1792
30 1/8 in. x 25 1/4 in. (765 mm x 640 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée d'Eon de Beaumont (1728-1810), Diplomatist and transvestite. Sitter associated with 18 portraits.
Artistsback to top
This portraitback to top
D'Eon fenced wearing a black dress such as the one in this portrait and his Croix de St Louis medal, awarded for his diplomatic achievements.
Linked publicationsback to top
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 49
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 114
Events of 1792back to top
Current affairsThe famous seven year trial of Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal, on charges of embezzlement and murder, ends with his acquittal. Pro-Revolutionary philosopher Joseph Priestley's house is destroyed by a mob on the anniversary of the fall of the Bastille. Their actions are later seen as a key moment in the defeat of Enlightenment ideals in England.
Art and scienceMary Wollstonecraft publishes A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; a radical work which called on women to be allies to one another; fearless in their support and free in their criticism.
Sir Joshua Reynolds dies and is succeeded by Benjamin West as President of the Royal Academy.
InternationalThe mob invades the Tuileries and the French Royal Family is imprisoned marking the end of France's experiment with constitutional monarchy and the declaration of the first French Republic.
The Revolutionary Commune is established in Paris.
France declares war on Austria and then Prussia.