Thursday, 15 December 2016

Oscar Wilde portrait and prison door to be displayed in UK for the first time


A portrait of Oscar Wilde and the writer’s prison door is to go on display in the UK for the first time. The full-length painting which was given to Wilde and his wife Constance as a wedding present, was sold by the couple after they became bankrupt. The door from Reading Gaol, where Wilde was incarcerated from 1895 to 1897 for gross indecency, will go on display as part of Tate Britain’s Queer British Art Show. The exhibition goes on display to mark 50 years after homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK.Wilde’s portrait was painted by Robert Goodloe Harper Pennington in 1884.