Lot 147
  • 147

Wilde, Oscar

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  • 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


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


APPARENTLY UNPUBLISHED.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).