News__ First Transvestite Art Found

June 13, 2012 | By

London's National Portrait Gallery acquires first portrait of a transvestite

While initially thought to be the portrait of a rather masculine woman, the London’s National Portrait Gallery, has acquired an 18th century portrait of Charles d'Eon who, besides being a rather well known and popular member of British society and culture at the time, also happened to be a transvestite. The portrait, which was recognized to be a man after the buyer realized the subject sported a 5’o clock shadow, is the first portrait of a man in woman's clothing making Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont (her full name, the gallery notes), a beacon from way back supporting the notion you are born however you were born. Cue Lady Gaga "Born This Way." On the other hand, that feather hat, not our favorite Charles, but we'll let it slide.

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