This is Oscar Wilde’s deposition for his trial against the Marquess of Queensbury. It reads….
'I am a dramatist an author - I take great interest in matters of art and reside at 16 Tite Street, S W. I am acquainted with the defendant and with many members of his family. I first became acquainted with the defendant to my knowledge in 1892 - I remember lunching on one occasion with Lord Alfred Douglas at the Cafe Royal. It was in 1893…'
This Charming Man (of Steel)
This is a letter from Oscar Wilde’s mother Francesca to him after she read an artcle about him in The Daily Telegraph. She writes….’The (D)aily (T)elegraph of yesterday - truly you are a startling celebrity ! I must now pose as ‘The Mother of Oscar’ ! Come and see me when you can for a talk. Addio Mio Caro, Francesca.
Lord Of Doing Up His Flies
Long before David Bowie, Oscar Wilde was an image chameleon. Here is a selection of his many haircuts.
The Greatest Music Hall Bill Ever Assembled
Picture of Door in Grey
Well some people did see Oscar as a comic.
Last Bill and Testament
This is Oscar Wilde’s last bill from the Hôtel d’Alsace in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris. Wilde spent his last days there (in Room 16), famously remarking “I am dying beyond my means” and “I am fighting a duel to the death with this wallpaper. Either it goes or I do”. Alas, it was the wallpaper that survived.