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[Chevalier d'Éon] / Peter Henry Treyssac de Vergy.

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  • Title (object)

    • [Chevalier d'Éon]
    • Peter Henry Treyssac de Vergy.
  • Description

    A broadside aiming to restore the reputation of the Chevalier d'Éon, reproducing the last will of Peter Henry Treyssac de Vergy in which he admits having been bribed by the Count de Guerchy to take part in the latter's plot against the d'Éon; with a mezzotint showing a roundel with a portrait of d'Éon in profile, wearing a wig and a gentleman's coat, looking to the left; with engraved inscription, and with letterpress title and text in one column, and the last will of Treyssac de Vergy's in two columns, and with one vertical segment of type ornament. (London, Humphrey, 1774).


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  • Date

    • 1775
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 418 millimetres (printed area)
    • Width: 252 millimetres (printed area)
    • Height: 201 millimetres (mezzotint)
    • Width: 174 millimetres (mezzotint)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Publication details in the plate, "London....Feby:4;1775 by W:Humphrey Gerrard Street Soho"
  • Curator's comments

    The print is mentioned briefly in 1795, when an extract on Treyssac de Vergy from the parish register of the church of Pancras, London, is put into context (wrongly considering the sitter to be Treyssac de Vergy):
    "Peter Henry Treyssac de Vergy, buried March 3, 1775." A portrait in mezzotinto of this person was published in February 1775, with a short printed account of him, in which he is styled advocate in the parliament of Bourdeaux, author of several literary performances in England, and famous for his concern in the memorable quarrel between the Count de Guerchy, ambassador extraordinary from the court of France, and the Chevalier D'Eon, minister plenipotentiary from the same court to the court of Great "Britain in 1763." There is a copy also of his last will, in which he confesses his concern in a plot against D'Eon; and intimates that he withdrew his assistance upon finding that it was intended to affect the Chevalier's life. De Vergy died on the 1st of October 1774, aged 42, and remained unburied till March, his executor waiting for directions from his family. He had desired in his will that his relations would remove his body to Bourdeaux. It appears by his will that he published some pamphlets or papers against the Chevalier D'Eon. He was author also of some novels in English, which are said to have little other merit than that they are remarkably well written for a foreigner." [From: 'Pancras', The Environs of London: volume 3: County of Middlesex (1795), pp. 342-382. URL: Date accessed: 21 January 2008.]


  • Location

    Not on display (Broadsides British 1775 Imp)

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    Prints & Drawings

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