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  1. Some Account of Hannah Snell, the Female Soldier

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: American Antiquarian Society
    Creator:
    Date: Jul. 1750
    Topics: Childhood, Clothing, Crossdressing, Sailors, Secrecy
    Subject: Hannah Snell
  2. Chatham, Oct. 30

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: American Antiquarian Society
    Creator: Fleet, T.
    Date: Apr. 15, 1756
    Topics: Crossdressing, Sailors
  3. Lady S---- B------ habited as a clergyman

     
    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: 1769
    Topics: Appearance, Clergy, Clothing, Crossdressing, Etching, Social norms
    Subject: Sarah Bunbury
    Description: A women is pictured crossdressing as a clergyman.
  4. Lord W- G- habited as a milliner

     
    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Yale University Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: 1769
    Topics: Appearance, Clothing, Crossdressing, Etching, Visual arts
    Subject: William Gordon
    Description: Lord William Gordon is depicted dressed as a Millener.
  5. 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,...
  6. "The Trial of M. D'Eon by a Jury of Matrons" (Frontispiece, The Town and Country Magazine - May, 1771)

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator:
    Date: May 1771
    Topics: Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Gender minorities, Law
    Subject: Chevalier D'Eon, Eonism
    Description: According to the Transas City website: "A very unique item which highlights part of the furore over the gender identity of the Chevalier d’Eon. In May 1771, the Town and Country Magazine of Eng...
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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...
  11. 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)....
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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 (gender), Poetry (LGBTQ), Royalty, Wood-engraving