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?