The Fencing-Match between the Chevalier de Saint-George and the Chevalier d'Eon

by Alexandre-Auguste Robineau
ca. 1787-9

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2022

This painting depicts a famous fencing match between the Chevalier de Saint-Georges (on the left) and Chevalier d’Eon (on the right), which took place at Carlton House on the 9 April 1787 in the presence of the Prince of Wales, who had arranged this fencing demonstration; members of the nobility; and fencing aficionados. Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont (1728–1810), known as the Chevalier d'Eon, lived the first half of his life as a man and the second half as a woman. Joseph de Bologne de Saint-Georges or the Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745–1799), was the son of a wealthy plantation owner in the French West Indies colony of Guadeloupe and one of his African slaves named Anne.