Oscar Wilde at the Old Bailey

25 March 1895 Oscar Wilde was largely the architect of his own downfall. He was jailed on 25 May 1895 after an investigation into his private life. Reacting to what amounted to being ‘outed’, Wilde brought a public prosecution against the Marquess of Queensbury. It was this court case that brought his lifestyle under criminal and public scrutiny. John Sholto Douglas, the Marquess of Queensberry, was … Continue reading Oscar Wilde at the Old Bailey

Pictures of History: Reading Prison, Where Oscar Wilde was Detained

A couple of years ago I visited Reading Prison for an exhibition prior to it being pulled down and the land sold off for development. Reading Gaol, as it was then, was opened in 1844 and continued to house inmates until it was decommissioned in 2013. Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde was incarcerated there from 1895 to 1897 for ‘committing acts of gross indecency … Continue reading Pictures of History: Reading Prison, Where Oscar Wilde was Detained