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La Chevaliere D'Eon

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1865,0520.45

  • Title (object)

    • La Chevaliere D'Eon
  • Description

    Portrait of Charles Genevieve Louis Auguste Andree Timothee D'Eon de Beaumont (called the Chevalier D'Eon), half-length, in an oval, slightly turned to the left, dressed in women's clothing of a dark dress with a chemisette with a lace cap on his head and the star of the Order of St Louis pinned to his breast, his ears pierced and with a black ribbon about his neck, illustration to the European Magazine (1791)
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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1791
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 203 millimetres
    • Width: 130 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image "J. Conde Delin.t et Sculp.t" "La Chevaliere D'Eon." "Nee a Tonnerre le 5. 8.bre 1728." and "Pub. March 1.st 1791. by I. Sewelll, Cornhill, London."
  • Curator's comments

    At the date of this print, the Chevalier d'Eon had been living in London as a woman for six years and had maintained a level of celebrity which assured continued public interest in her portrait. Deprived of her former income from amassadorial funds, but accustomed to an expensive lifestyle, the Chevalier had found other ways to make ends meet. Fencing demonstrations, given in female costume, brought her an element of fame, especially the match against Monseiur St-George at Carlton House 9 April 1787. However, by 1791 she was again short of funds and, on 5 May, an auction of her goods was held at Christie's (see D,1.268-272 for the Chevalier's visiting card drawing attention to the forthcoming sale).

    As in other portraits of this period, the Chevalier is shown in a dark gown, with a lace headdress, a lace shawl and the Cross of St-Louis prominently displayed. For the portrait profile drawn from life in 1793 by George Dance, in which the Chevalier wears a very similar costume, see 1898,0712.19.

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  • Bibliography

    • O'Donoghue 1908-25 4 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (BH/FF10/Portraits British Foreigners in England)

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: European Magazine
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1865

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1865,0520.45

Portrait of Charles Genevieve Louis Auguste Andree Timothee D'Eon de Beaumont (called the Chevalier D'Eon), half-length, in an oval, slightly turned to the left, dressed in women's clothing of a dark dress with a chemisette with a lace cap on his head and the star of the Order of St Louis pinned to his breast, his ears pierced and with a black ribbon about his neck, illustration to the European Magazine (1791)<br/>Stipple

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Portrait of Charles Genevieve Louis Auguste Andree Timothee D'Eon de Beaumont (called the Chevalier D'Eon), half-length, in an oval, slightly turned to the left, dressed in women's clothing of a dark dress with a chemisette with a lace cap on his head and the star of the Order of St Louis pinned to his breast, his ears pierced and with a black ribbon about his neck, illustration to the European Magazine (1791)
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