Illustrations to Oscar Wilde's poem, 'The Harlot's House'


The Irish poet and artist Althea Gyles produced these five monchrome illustrations for a pirated edition of Oscar Wilde's 'The Harlot's House' in 1904. Gyles's macabre, provocative illustrations capture Wilde's vision of the lure of the marionette-esque prostitutes who both disgust and fascinate the speaker. They were described by her publisher, Leonard Smithers, as 'five weirdly powerful and beautiful Drawings'.

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'The Harlot's House' with five illustrations
1904, London
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Althea Gyles, Oscar Wilde
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