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NAPOLEON SARONY (1821-1896)
Oscar Wilde. Albumen print, the image measuring 139.7x98.4 mm; 5 1/2x3 7/8 inches, the Sarony mount 165.1x111.1 mm; 6 1/2x4 3/8 inches, with Sarony's printed credit and address, and the sitter's credit, in ink, in an unknown hand, on mount recto, and the Culver Pictures label, bar code, and hand stamp, on mount verso. 1882.
This photograph was part of the 1882 portrait sitting Oscar Wilde did at Sarony's studio when he began his American lecture tour. During the portrait sitting, Wilde posed for at least 27 pictures in various attire which he anticipated would be distributed to cities in advance of his arrival. It is likely that this was his preferred image, which he described as "the photograph of me with my head looking over my shoulder."