Category Archives: Gender

18th-c. English portrait of a transvestite

The National Gallery in London has recently acquired a portrait of the Chevalier d’Eon, the diplomat, soldier, spy, and transvestite. For political, and possibly personal, reasons he dressed as a woman.  She was highly regarded by her contemporaries.  This portrait is one of the earliest, and perhaps clearest, depictions of cross-dressing.  Here’s the article.  Be sure to click on the “magnify” button to see the full portrait.

What do you think?