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  • Museum number

    1868,0808.7947

  • Description

    Anatomical drawing of the penis and emaciated thighs of Charles Genevieve Louis Auguste Andree Timothee D'Eon de Beaumont (called the Chevalier D'Eon), drapery over the stomach and beneath the buttocks. the penis and scrotum shrivelled with the foreskin drawn back and the pubic hair light, facsimiles of the signatures of the examining doctors below
    Hand-coloured stipple

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1810 (c.)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 250 millimetres
    • Width: 213 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image "Drawn from the Body of the Chevalier D'Eon, May 24. 1810." "'I hereby certify that I have inspected & dissected the Body of the Chevalier D'Eon, in the presence of Mr. Adair, Mr. Wilson, & Le Pere Elizee, & have found the Male Organs in every respect, perfectly formed.' May 23rd. 1810. Golden Square." "In consequence of a note from the above Gentleman, I examined the Body, which was a Male; - the original Drawing was made by Mr. C. Turner, in my presence. Dean Street, Soho. May 24th. 1810." and inscribed "London Published June 14th 1810 by C Turner"
  • Curator's comments

    The Chevalier d'Eon died on 21 May 1810, after having lived for fifteen years in London as a woman. His final years had been spent sharing a lodging with Mrs Cole, an elderly widow, who on laying out the body of her companion discovered - to her professed shock - that he was actually a biological male. As the Chevalier's sex had been the subject of great public interest in the early 1770s, to the point of inspiring fervent gambling (see 1886,1221.6 for a satirical print form that period), Mrs Cole decided that medical corroboration of her discovery was necessary. She called in a committee of experts, including an anatomist, two surgeons, a lawyer and a journalist, who examined the body and dissected it to establish whether there could be any genuine question of the Chevalier's biological masculinity.

    Before the dissection took place, the artist Charles Turner was summoned to make the drawing on which this print was based, in order to record the proof of the Chevalier's sex. It is not clear how many impressions of the plate were printed, nor whether this was intended simply for a specialist audience or for more general sale. For a print based on the Chevalier's death mask, taken by Turner at the same date, see 1886,1221.11.

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  • Bibliography

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

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

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0808.7947

Anatomical drawing of the penis and emaciated thighs of Charles Genevieve Louis Auguste Andree Timothee D'Eon de Beaumont (called the Chevalier D'Eon), drapery over the stomach and beneath the buttocks. the penis and scrotum shrivelled with the foreskin drawn back and the pubic hair light, facsimiles of the signatures of the examining doctors below<br/>Hand-coloured stipple

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Anatomical drawing of the penis and emaciated thighs of Charles Genevieve Louis Auguste Andree Timothee D'Eon de Beaumont (called the Chevalier D'Eon), drapery over the stomach and beneath the buttocks. the penis and scrotum shrivelled with the foreskin drawn back and the pubic hair light, facsimiles of the signatures of the examining doctors below
Hand-coloured stipple

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