London’s National Portrait Gallery Acquires First Portrait of Transvestite

Chevalier d'Eon, Thomas Stewart. (Courtesy National Portrait Gallery, London)

The National Portrait Gallery announced that it will acquire what is believed to be the first portrait of a cross-dressing man, the legendary spy, diplomat and transvestite Chevalier D’Eon, The Guardian reports.

The portrait, which had been lost since 1926, and was rediscovered in a New York salesroom by British art dealer Philip Mould last year, was exhibited in April, at which point it was reportedly already under consideration by the National Portrait Gallery. Read More