Loquis: A Conversation with Oscar Wilde

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A Conversation with Oscar Wilde


Published on:  2020-04-29 06:00:00


This is an outdoor sculpture by Maggi Hambling in central London. Unveiled in 1998, it is the first public monument dedicated to Oscar Wilde outside his native Ireland. It takes the form of a bench-like green granite sarcophagus, with a bust of Wilde emerging from the upper end, with a hand clasping a cigarette. The memorial was first suggested during the 1980s and early 1990s by fans of Wilde's work, including Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen. The work is inscribed with a quotation from his play Lady Windermere's Fan: "We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars".

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