Oscar Wilde and Whistler

A work made of pen and black ink, with black crayon and touches of blue crayon, on ivory laminate board.
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  • A work made of pen and black ink, with black crayon and touches of blue crayon, on ivory laminate board.

Date:

1894

Artist:

Philip William May
English, 1864-1903

About this artwork

Phil May, a friend of Roussel and a member of the Chelsea Arts Club, contributed caricatures of actors, artists, and writers to London periodicals. The bold style and sharp wit of his drawings attracted a wide following, and his illustrations were also published in book form. This caricature of Wilde and Whistler was reproduced in Phil May’s Sketch-book, which was first issued in 1895. The caption refers to Whistler’s repeated assertions that Wilde plagiarized his ideas, accusations that ended their guardedly amicable relationship in 1890.

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Artist

Philip William May

Title

Oscar Wilde and Whistler

Origin

England

Date

1894

Medium

Pen and black ink, with black crayon and touches of blue crayon, on ivory laminate board

Inscriptions

Signed recto, upper right, in black ink: "Phil May / 94;" inscribed recto, at bottom, in black ink and graphite: " 'That was an awfully [witty remark] good joke you made last/ night. I wish I [had made it.] could say it was mine.' / 'You will [underlined] my boy. You will [underlined].';" inscribed and erased, lower right, in graphite: "Same size underlined]"

Dimensions

354 × 255 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Walter S. Brewster

Reference Number

1933.238

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