Oscar Wilde's House, 34 Tite Street, Chelsea. [Click on these photographs and those below to enlarge them.]

The great comic dramatist of fin-de-siècle London lived in this house in the fashionable Chelsea district from his marriage in 1884 to Constance Lloyd until his disastrous trial in 1895 and subsequent imprisonment in Reading Gaol for homosexual practices. Here, with the exception of The Ballad of Reading Gaol, he wrote his principal works: The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888), The Picture of Dorian Grey (1891), Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and the brilliant and enduring The Importance of Being Earnest (1895).

[Click on these images for larger pictures.] Photograph (2002) at top left and text by Philip V. Allingham. Other photographs (2011), formatting, and perspective correction by George P. Landow. You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]

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