Although Oscar Wilde is best known for his plays and novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), he also published poetry. This gilded volume from 1892 is beautifully designed by Charles Ricketts, who had previously designed the first edition of Dorian Gray. It is number 18 from a limited edition of 220 copies, and is signed by Wilde himself facing the title page. During the early 1890s Aubrey Beardsley, a contemporary of Ricketts, produced illustrations for Wilde's Salomé (composed in 1891; published with illustrations by Beardsley in 1894).
- Article by:
- Carolyn Burdett
- Fin de siècle
‘Art for art’s sake’? Aestheticism and decadence shocked the Victorian establishment by challenging traditional values, foregrounding sensuality and promoting artistic, sexual and political experimentation. Dr Carolyn Burdett explores the key features of this unconventional artistic period.