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Oscar Wilde Scarf

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Inspired by Napoleon Sarony's photography of Oscar Wilde this decadent scarf was designed exclusively for the National Portrait Gallery by Amet & Ladoue.

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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Material: 85% Modal; 15% silk

Country of origin: India

More about this portrait: Oscar Wilde by Napoleon Sarony.
Albumen panel card, 1882.

This photograph of Oscar Wilde lounging against an appropriately artistic backdrop was taken by the New York studio photographer Napoleon Sarony. Wilde had arrived in New York in January 1882 on the steamship Arizona, with 'nothing to declare but his genius'. He needed a publicity photograph for his lecture tour, so he went to Sarony's studio and Sarony provided just what he wanted: an image of limpid dandyism in quilted smoking-jacket, silk knee-breeches and patent leather slippers.

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