Description: The “Oscar Wilde Galop” was one of many songs written to capitalize on Oscar Wilde’s lecture tour of America in 1882.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish writer best known for his works The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray. He was a follower of Aestheticism, a movement that emphasized “art for art’s sake”, or the idea that art should first be beautiful, and any deeper meaning was of less importance.
Here he is shown as a finely dressed dandy, delicately holding the stem of a giant sunflower as if it is a parasol. Wilde often wore or carried a sunflower, a quirk which helped establish the flowers as emblems of the Aesthetic movement, and alternatively, provided fodder for caricature artists who often humorously depicted Wilde with sunflowers.
The music was arranged by [F. H.] Snow and published by W. A. Evans & Bros of Boston, MA. 13 ¼” x 10 ¼”. Complete, three leaves. Item #AM00181.
Condition: Sheet music was previously bound in a book and the three sheets are separated and have blank margin stitching holes, light soil, otherwise in good condition.