Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

The Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, situated on the Boulevard de Ménilmontant, is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris. The cemetery opened in 1804 and was the first garden cemetery as well as the first municipal cemetery. In 1908, Oscar Wilde’s literary executor Robert Ross commissioned Jacob Epstein to design Wilde’s tomb. It was completed by Epstein, with an accompanying plinth by Charles Holden and inscription by Joseph Cribb.

Timeline of Events Associated with Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

Date Event Manage
Jun 1912

Tomb of Wilde installation

Wilde TombOn June 1912, the Tomb of Oscar Wilde, Jacob Epstein’s limestone funerary monument at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, was installed. Image: Detail, The Tomb of Oscar Wilde, c. 1912. Photograph by E.O. Hoppe, courtesy of the University of Reading.


Ellen Crowell, “Oscar Wilde’s Tomb: Silence and the Aesthetics of Queer Memorial”