Oscar Wilde(1854-1900), Wit and dramatist
Sitter associated with 15 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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by Unknown artists
chromolithographs pasted onto wooden panel, late 19th century