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Oscar Wilde, Portrait Fifteen, 1882


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Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd
based on an albumen print by Napoleon Sarony
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  • Collectible giclée fine art print;
  • Hand-printed in England, with individual embossing;
  • Ships with a Certificate of Authenticity;
  • Guaranteed archival quality for over a century;
  • Each sale directly supports the artisan;
  • Global shipping available;
  • Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing


Taken 1882, New York City, United States
(Library of Congress)

This print was produced exclusively for the podcast Travels Through Time, a mixture of serious history and playful parlour game.
"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

This historical photograph has been meticulously researched and rendered into colour from a black and white original by a skilled artisan, continuing a craft tradition that has existed since photography began.


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


ColorGraph Co. is pleased to sponsor Travels Through Time. Each episode of Travels Through Time features an interview with one of the world’s leading historians or public figures. They are asked the question, “if you could travel back in time, what year would you like to visit?” And then they tell us why. To tune into one of the quickest growing history podcasts and listen to previous episodes, search 'Travels Through Time' on your device or computer, or head over to

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Our prints come in popular sizes with a white border for easy framing. Small prints will ship in a stiffened envelope rather than a postal tube.

S (A4) – 21 × 29.7 cm / 8.3 × 11.7 inches
M (A3) – 29.7 × 42 cm / 11.7 × 16.5 inches
L (A2) – 42 × 59.4 cm / 16.5 × 23.4 inches
XXL (A0) – 84.1 × 118.9 cm / 33.1 × 46.8 inches

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. More information about our prints can be found here.
‘Made–to–Order’ colorized fine art prints, proudly produced in St. Leonards, East Sussex, England. This is a derivative work. Photographs for illustration purposes only. Please note that all giclée art prints are currently supplied unframed. More information about shipping and returns can be found here.