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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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Oscar Wilde

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


Oscar Wilde

by Sydney Prior Hall
pencil, 1888-1889
NPG 2265


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


Oscar Wilde

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


Oscar Wilde

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


Oscar Wilde

by Unknown artist
ink-photo, published 1885
NPG D16912


Oscar Wilde

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


Oscar Wilde

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


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

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