Lot 147
  • 147

Wilde, Oscar

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Description

  • Wilde, Oscar
  • Autograph letter signed, to "Dear Sir" (R.E. Forrest)
  • ink on paper
responding gracefully to a suggested change to his essay 'The Artist as Critic' ("... I do not agree with you that 'whirring wheel' is unmusical, but I think the epithet is too obvious - and also, as you have reminded  me, it is not true - it conveys a wrong image. 'Silent' I like very much..."), 4 pages, 8vo, 16 Tite Street, London, [between July 1890 and May 1891], framed and glazed alongside a transcription

Provenance

Formerly on temporary deposit at West Sussex Record Office (library stamp)

Literature

APPARENTLY UNPUBLISHED. Not in The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde (2000).

Catalogue Note

Robert Edward Trexton Forrest (1835-1914) was an civil servant in India for 21 years before retiring to write potboilers with an Indian setting. His suggestion for a more elegant wording in 'The Artistic As Critic' was taken up by Wilde, and later versions of the text describe a vase emerging "flower-like from the silent wheel" beneath the potter's hands. This letter was presumably written between the essay's first appearance in Nineteenth Century (July 1890) and the publication of a revised text in Intentions (1891).
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