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Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Wit and dramatist

Sitter associated with 13 portraits
Wit and dramatist; renowned as an aesthete from an early age; his unconventional behaviour, witty and paradoxical remarks, and dandified pose brought him notoriety; wrote a series of highly successful comedies in the 1890s, including The Importance of being Earnest. In 1895 Wilde was imprisoned for homosexual offences, as a result of which he published The Ballad of Reading Gaol, 1898.

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3653

Oscar Wilde

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 24 May 1884
NPG 3653

2265

Oscar Wilde

by Sydney Prior Hall
pencil, 1888-1889
NPG 2265

P1122

Oscar Wilde; Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas

by Gillman & Co
gelatin silver print, May 1893
On display in Room 42 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1122

P317

Oscar Wilde

probably by Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas
snapshot photograph, Spring 1900
NPG P317

x82203

Oscar Wilde

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 1881
NPG x82203

D16912

Oscar Wilde

by Unknown artist
ink-photo, published 1885
NPG D16912

D9983

Oscar Wilde

after Sir Henry Maximilian ('Max') Beerbohm
relief halftone, (1894)
NPG D9983

Ax15924

Oscar Wilde

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, 28 May 1889, published 1891
NPG Ax15924

D39298

Vanity Fair Panel no. 8 (includes at far right Oscar Wilde)

by Unknown artists
chromolithographs pasted onto wooden panel, late 19th century
NPG D39298