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‘A Wilde Idea’ from Punch, or the London Charivari



9 July, 1892


Storage Journal AP101 P8


London: Published at the Office, 85 Fleet Street


Irish novelist, essayist, poet, and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was born into an intellectual and patriotic family. His mother, Jane, Lady Wilde (1821-1896), was a popular poet and Irish nationalist; his father, William Wilde (1815-1876) was an accomplished medical doctor and collector of Irish folktales. Instilled with the literary and political influences of his parents, Wilde established a reputation for himself as an intellectual and aesthete at the end of the nineteenth century. Here, the Punch cartoonist, John Bernard Partridge (1861-1945), imagines Wilde in soldier’s uniform, poking fun at Wilde’s national identity, the troubled production history of his French play Salome (1891), and English censorship.


John Bernard Partridge, “‘A Wilde Idea’ from Punch, or the London Charivari,” | OUR Heritage, accessed August 15, 2022,

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