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The Oscar Wilde Society has an exciting and diverse programme of events all year round. We organise lectures, readings, and discussions about Wilde and his works, and visits to places associated with him. We also aim to highlight other events of interest which are organised by other entities.

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Summer Lunch at Magdalen College (Members Only)

July 22, 2017 @ 12:15 pm - 3:00 pm

We will start at 12:15 pm with Pimms or fruit juice in The Chaplain’s Quad followed by lunch at 13:00 in the New Room at Magdalen College, Oxford OX1 4AU.

The private dining room has limited space, so places will be allocated strictly in order of payment. In order to finalise details with Magdalen the last date to book a place is 22 June.

Payment if preferred by PayPal to, or by cheque (made to The Oscar Wilde Society) to Geoff Dibb at 29 Oxford Road, St John’s, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 3LB.

Please make the payment of £76 or £66 (depending on your meal option), and book your place by filling the form. [Some Members have already paid a £15 per person deposit for this event, so their pricings would be £61 and £51 respectively.]

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Following our lunch, we will have guest speaker: Clare Barlow, Tate Gallery, Curator of Tate Britain’s Queer British Art 1861-1967 exhibition.

Clare will speak about the framework of the exhibition, particularly touching upon the issues faced by Wilde and his circle and the telling of their stories in the show.

Portrait of Oscar Wilde by Harper Pennington (AP photo)

The full length portrait of Oscar Wilde by Harper Pennington, owned by Wilde himself, is exhibited in the UK for the first time as part of this exhibition. Wilde was declared bankrupt whilst awaiting trial for ‘gross indecency’ and was forced to sell the work to pay his legal fees. It has since been held in an American collection for almost a century. Tate Britain’s exhibition will show the painting alongside the prison cell door behind which Wilde was incarcerated in Reading Gaol.

Alex Farquharson, Director, Tate Britain, said: ‘It’s wonderful to be displaying this important portrait of Oscar Wilde for the first time in Britain. It’s an extraordinary image of Wilde on the brink of fame, before imprisonment destroyed his health and reputation. Viewing it next to the door of his gaol cell will be a powerful experience that captures the triumph and tragedy of his career.’

The curator of the exhibition, Clare Barlow, said: ‘The six foot oil painting depicts him as a slender 27-yearold on the cusp of success. His stance is confident, holding a pair of gloves in one hand while the other clasps a silver-topped cane. It presents a different, more sombre image to the one we are more familiar with’.

Any questions, please contact Geoff.


July 22, 2017
12:15 pm - 3:00 pm
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Magdalen College Oxford
Oxford, OX1 4AU United Kingdom + Google Map

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