An 18th-century portrait sold in New York to a British gallery as a “woman in a feathered hat” turns out to actually portray a man dressed as a woman, becoming the earliest known painting of a transvestite. (Read how they figured it out…)

The portrait is of Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d’Éon de Beaumont, a French diplomat, spy, soldier and Freemason whose first 49 years were spent as a man, and whose last 33 years were spent as a woman.

Seems the makers of the 24-episode Japanese animé seriesLe Chevalier d’Eon, took a lot of liberties with the Chevalier’s history! And his appearance… Watch the trailer.

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