© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Carlo Pellegrini Click on the links below to find out more
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 24 May 1884
12 1/8 in. x 7 in. (308 mm x 178 mm)
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Wit and dramatist. Sitter associated with 15 portraits.
- Carlo Pellegrini (1839-1889), 'Ape'; caricaturist. Artist associated with 482 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
Published in Vanity Fair, 24 May 1884.
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 137
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 661
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