The National Portrait Gallery is making room for a new addition, and this one’s a pretty big personality. The Guardian
reports that an art dealer discovered what was advertised as a portrait of an unknown woman but is actually a painting of a flamboyant 18th-century transvestite, the Chevalier d’Éon
Born Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont, the Chevalier d’Éon lived her first 49 years as a man and the remaining 33 as a woman. Throughout this time she claimed to have been born a woman and raised as a man, and her gender confusion was so infamous that a betting pool was started on the London Stock Exchange to guess her birth sex. It wasn’t until she died that examining doctors discovered she was male-born.
The Chevalier d’Éon was a soldier, politician and spy for the French government. A decorated diplomat, d’Éon was also notorious for blackmailing Louis XV. After living for years in exile, d’Éon returned to France under the condition that the French court allow her to live as a woman, and a new wardrobe was funded by Louis XVI.
In short, she was a fierce diva queen.