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Oscar Wilde, Portrait Fifteen, 1882, Colorized

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Collectible museum-grade fine art print, hand-printed in England and individually finished with a monogram emboss. Each sale directly supports the artisan. Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing.


The imposing Irish poet Oscar Wilde began a lecture tour of the United States in 1882, captured by celebrity photographer of the day, Napoleon Sarony, at his studio at 37 Union Square. Of the thirty-two known portraits of Wilde by Sarony, most were taken in January 1882.

Portrait Fifteen shows Wilde reclining on what appears to be his famous fur-lined green coat, surrounded by Turkish carpets; wearing (unbelievably for the time) a smoking jacket with ribbon piping, knee breeches, stockings and slippers with grosgrain bows, a nod to his membership of the Apollo Freemason's society in Oxford. Wilde's foppish appearance caused such a sensation that his scheduled fifty lectures nearly tripled. Another portrait of Wilde was used without permission by the Ehrich Bros. Department Store to sell a line of hats, before being successfully sued by Barony for copyright infringement.

As to the famous coat? Wilde, who had fallen on hard times asked his brother Willie to sell it. – Jordan J. Lloyd

Taken: 1882
Studio 37, New York City, United States
Napoleon Sarony
Remaster & Colorization:
Jordan J. Lloyd  
Original Format: 
Albumen print
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Oscar Wilde, Portrait Fifteen, by Napoleon Sarony, 1882

This photograph is also available as a ⇲ restored & remastered black and white original print from our ⇲ Platinum Series.


Presented on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta; a pleasantly warm, pure cotton paper with subtle texture, providing excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks, and perfect contrasts.


"Photograph shows Oscar Wilde, full-length portrait, facing right, sitting in chair, right hand on cheek, left hand holding book."

Oscar Wilde, Portrait Fifteen, 1882, Colorized
Oscar Wilde, Portrait Fifteen, 1882, Colorized
Oscar Wilde, Portrait Fifteen, 1882, Colorized
Oscar Wilde, Portrait Fifteen, 1882, Colorized

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