Oscar Wilde Memorial, Dublin

Oscar Wilde and the maidOscar Wilde statue, Merrion Square 1998In 1998, almost an entire century after Oscar Wilde's death, the first in a series of three statues was erected in the northwest corner of Dublin's Merrion Square by artist Danny Osborne. This statue of a reclining Wilde was eventually accompanied by two flanking pillars, one depicting a full-body statue of a nude and pregnant Constance Lloyd and the other sporting a male torso representing the Greek god Dionysus. Lloyd, Wilde's wife and mother of his two children, died two years before Wilde in 1898. Dublin notably waited an exceptionally long time to honor one of their most famous sons, and chose not to acknowledge Lord Alfred Douglas, Wilde's lover, with his own statue. This delay was not unique to Dublin, however, as London (Wilde's residence for most of his adult life) took just as long to erect any manner of monument commemorating the late author: A Conversation with Oscar Wilde, 1998.

Image credit(s):
"Oscar Wilde statue" By Phil Nash from Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0 & GFDLViews, Attribution, via Wikimedia Commons.
"Oscar Wilde and the maid" by William Murphy, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons


Latitude: 53.340795600000
Longitude: -6.250426200000