Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Apostle of the beautiful and the Season

A Private View at the Royal Academy by William Powell Frith

The opening of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London on the first Monday in May marked the beginning of ‘the Season’ for the elite of Victorian Society. This set in play three hectic months of balls, concerts, dinner parties, operas, horse riding in Hyde Park, the Derby and races at Royal Ascot, the Henley Royal Regatta

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The curse of Salome

Cover of 1907 edition of Salome by Oscar Wilde

Femme fatale Salomé may have claimed John the Baptist’s life, but she returned from the dead to ruin Aubrey Beardsley’s career and create another scandal in 1918, too. Photographs: My copy of the 1907 Bodley Head edition of Salomé, the first to feature all 16 drawings by Aubrey Beardsley. (The original version was written and published in French; this 1907

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Green carnations

Folio Society and National Portrait Gallery books - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Oscar Wilde and His Circle by Simon Callow

Oscar Wilde is so strongly associated with green carnations that designers for the National Portrait Gallery of London and the Folio Society felt compelled to include this motif in the cover designs for Oscar Wilde and His Circle and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Find out why …

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“Oscar Wilde and the Visual Arts” at the Clark, 3/31/2015

Originally posted on The Clog:
William Andrews Clark Lecture on Oscar Wilde “Oscar Wilde and the Visual Arts” Given by Nicholas Frankel, Virginia Commonwealth University Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 4:00 p.m. Oscar Wilde had much to say about the visual and decorative arts. His relationships with leading figures in the art world—notably James Whistler, Aubrey Beardsley, Edward Burne-Jones, and Charles Ricketts, as…

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