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Lord Alfred Douglas

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Original 11x17” watercolor portrait of Lord Alfred Douglas as featured in The Art of the Affair: An Illustrated History of Love, Sex, and Artistic Influence. Framed as shown in alternate images. Comes with a copy of the book signed by the illustrator.

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As he appears in the text:

“In her early twenties, Natalie [Barney] was briefly engaged to Lord Alfred Douglas, but her father was so repulsed by the prospect of their marriage that he stopped pressuring her to marry altogether. Romaine also had a brief affair with Lord Alfred in Capri. He inscribed a book of his poetry to her, ‘We have often told each other imperishable things.’ When they fell in love in 1891, Oscar Wilde was already one of the most popular playwrights in London and Lord Alfred Douglas was a budding poet: beautiful, sixteen years his junior, and married with two kids. Lord Alfred’s concerned father began to harass Oscar, even planning to pelt him with vegetables at the premiere of The Importance of Being Earnest. Eventually, Oscar was put on trial for acts of ‘gross indecency.’ Among the evidence was Lord Alfred’s poem “Two Loves” and a satirical novel of their affair, The Green Carnation—published anonymously but written by their friend Robert Hichens. Oscar served two years in jail and died in 1900, separated from Lord Alfred for the last three years of his life.”

Read more about The Art of the Affair, by Catherine Lacey and Forsyth Harmon. ︎︎︎