THOMAS STEWART, "Portrait of Chevalier D'Eon"


An 18th-century portrait sold to a British gallery as a “woman in a feathered hat”, is actually portraying a man dressed as a woman, becoming the earliest known painting of a transvestite. The painting has been renamed the “Chevalier D’Eon,” and is currently hanging in London’s Philip Mould Ltd. gallery.

Gallerist Philip Mould said it was something about the “muscularity of his face” and a “suggestion of stubble” that struck him as odd. Once the painting had been cleaned and restored, “his masculine traits became far more manifest.” Mould’s research team discovered that the man on the painting is Charles D’Eon, who lived the latter part half of his life as a transvestite, during a time when it was essentially unheard of.

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