1895. Watercolor. 58.5 x 48 cm. Private collection. Read Note.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish playwright, writer and poet, known for his satirical, sardonic portrayal of Victorian society. His most famous works include The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), The Duchess of Padua (1893), The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898) and, of course, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). He was homosexual, and did not bother to hide his preferences, leading to a great scandal and his eventual imprisonment under British laws of the time. Incarceration destroyed his health, and he died only a few years after being released, at the age of 46