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  1. A morning frolic

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: Mar. 25, 1780
    Topics: Animals, Appearance, Clothing, Couples, Crossdressing, Soldiers, Visual arts
    Description: Two people in a bedroom by a table set for tea. One is wearing a dress, along with a soldier's hat and a sword; conversely, the other is wearing soldier's vestments and has a women's wig and fan.
  2. An Actress at her Toilet, or, Miss Brazen Just Breecht

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: Jun. 24, 1779
    Topics: Actors, Animals, Clothing, Crossdressing, Visual arts
    Description: The interior of a well-furnished dressing-room. A young woman stands in the centre, arms akimbo, putting on a pair of breeches and looking towards the mirror which stands on a dressing-table (right...
  3. Chevalier D-E-n returned, or, the Stock-Brokers outwitted

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: 1771
    Topics: Etching, Gender diversity, Magazine illustration, Passing, Stockbrokers
    Subject: Chevalier D'Eon, Eon de Beaumont, Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée
  4. Chevalier d'--n producing his evidence

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: 1769
    Topics: Animals, Combat, Etching, Indigenous peoples, Politics, Wars
    Subject: Charles Genevieve Louis Auguste Andre Timothee d'Eon de Beaumont, Chevalier D'Eon
    Description: Two groups are depicted fighting, some in each group are depicted anthropomorphic animals.
  5. Delpini a la Rossi

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator: Sayers, James
    Date: Apr. 26, 1785
    Topics: Crossdressing, Etching, Opera, Performing arts, Visual arts
    Description: "Delpini, dressed as a woman, both arms held above his head, runs forward in profile to the left imitating a dancer. Beneath the title is etched: "Grace was in all her Steps" &c."--British Muse...
  6. Exquisite Dandies

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator: Robert, Cruikshank
    Date: Dec. 8, 1818
    Topics: Appearance, Clothing, Crossdressing, Gender, Social norms, Visual arts
    Description: Two men, referred to in the image as "dandies" are pictured dressing themselves. They speak to one another of their appearances. The men are depicted satirically.
  7. I Play the Part

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: 1888
    Topics: Actors, Crossdressing, Male impersonators, Portrait prints, Stipple engraving, English, Theatre, Visual arts
    Subject: Constant Couple, George Farquhar, Margaret Woffinton, William Hogarth
    Description: Portrait, half-length, looking at the viewer, with her hand in her waistcoat; in the character of Sir Harry Wildair in Farquhar's Constant couple.
  8. Mademoiselle de Beaumont, or, the Chevalier d'Eon: Female Minister Plenipo. Capt of Dragoons

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: Sep. 1777
    Topics: Clothing, Engraving, Etching, Gender bending, Gender diversity, Military, Portrait prints, British
    Subject: Chevalier D'Eon, Eon de Beaumont, Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée
    Description: Full length portrait of D'Eon dressed half as a man and half as a woman. The left side of the figure wears a full and elegantly styled dress, with hair piled high in the pyramidal fashion of the ti...
  9. Miss Wicket and Miss Trigger

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1778
    Topics: Animals, Clothing, Social norms, Sports, Visual arts
    Description: Printed for Carington Bowles, No.69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London, publish'd as the Act directs [after January 1, 1778?] Two well-dressed young ladies meet before a farm house. On the left, ...
  10. Mr. Bannister in the Character of Miss Polly Peachum

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator: Sayers, James
    Date: 1781
    Topics: Actors, Crossdressing, Etching, Opera
    Subject: Charles Bannister, John Gay
  11. Portrait of Abigail Allen; Portrait of the Female Husband!

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: 1829?
    Topics: Drawings, Gender diversity, Marriage, Married people, Passing, Stealth
    Subject: Abigail Allen, James Allen
    Description: Captions below images read: "Portrait of Abigail Allen, Wife to the pretended James Allen, she resided with her Associate for more than 21 years, ignorant of her real sex! and what is more astonis...
  12. Scrub

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator: Sayers, James
    Date: Feb. 15, 1786
    Topics: Actors, Crossdressing, Etching, Male impersonators, Theatre
    Subject: George Farquhar, Mrs. Abington, The Beaux' Stratagem
    Description: "Mrs. Abington stands facing three quarters to the right dressed as Scrub in Farquhar's 'Beaux' Stratagem', with her hair in tightly curled ringlets (resembling the wig worn by Weston in the part)....
  13. See here presented to your view

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: 1799
    Topics: Clothing, Crossdressing, Etching, Soldiers, Visual arts
  14. St. George and the Dragon

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator: Cruikshank, Isaac
    Date: Oct. 12, 1789
    Topics: Boxing, Etching, Politics, Social norms, Visual arts
    Subject: Chevalier D'Eon
    Description: "A boxing scene (two couples): the Prince of Wales and Hanger are worsted by d'Eon and St. George. In the foreground (right) Hanger staggers backwards under the attack of St. George; his hat and bl...
  15. The assaut or fencing match

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator: Rowlandson, Thomas
    Date: 1787
    Topics: Etching, Fencing, Gender diversity, Sporting events, Sports, Stipple engraving
    Subject: Chevalier D'Eon, Eon de Beaumont, Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée, Joseph Bologne, King George IV
    Description: A 1787 fencing match between a man and a woman in the elegant rooms of Carlton House, London. In the audience stands the Prince of Wales who had arranged this fencing demonstration between Mademois...
  16. The Famous Flower of Serving-Men; or, the Lady Turned Serving Man

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: 1795?
    Topics: Change of name, Crossdressing, Household employees, Passing, Poetry, Royalty, Wood-engraving
  17. The Feminine Gender

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator: Kingsbury, Henry
    Date: Feb. 2, 1787
    Topics: Appearance, Clothing, Crossdressing, Etching, Femininity, Gender, Visual arts
    Description: A rather feminine-looking man walks to the left. He has a protruding "derrière" which makes his coat tails stand out and a very prominant bosom of ruffles. A large hat is set on top of curled hair...
  18. The Masculine Gender

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator: Kingsbury, Henry
    Date: Feb. 2, 1787
    Topics: Appearance, Clothing, Crossdressing, Etching, Gender, Masculinity, Visual arts
    Description: A rather mannish-looking woman with a large hat and an enormous parasol walks away from us to the right, holding up her skirts in back with her left hand and revealing tall boots, stockings and a b...
  19. The trial of M. d'Eon by a jury of matrons

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: 1771
    Topics: Appearance, Clothing, Crossdressing, Etching, Jury, Social norms, Visual arts
    Subject: Chevalier D'Eon
    Description: "The Chevalier d'Eon (l.), wearing a military hat and the order of St. Louis round his neck, stands, partly draped, on a pedestal before a jury of twelve ladies (r.) who are to decide upon his sex,...
  20. Which is the Man

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: May 30, 1786
    Topics: Clothing, Crossdressing, Etching, Pets
    Description: Two smartly dressed youths facing each other sit on a bench under a tree. A small poodle sits by the one on the right, who has a more delicate appearance and resembles a face seen before in caricat...