Friday, 13 July 2012

The Chevalier d’Eon

Every so often someone does my work for me. This oil portrait by Thomas Stewart depicts the Chevalier d’Eon, one of history’s most famous crossdressers.


It was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London last month. You can read more about the painting and about d’Eon on the Guardian website.

2 comments:

  1. If you read French there's a good biog of the Chevaliere by Evelyne Lever- (s)he's become quite a studied figure by "serious" historians in the past decade due to the diplomatic tensions (s)he sparked by publishing stolen diplomatic documents in London in the 1760's

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    1. I don't speak French well enough for that. But thank you for the contribution.

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